Close to Shore: A True Story of Terror in an Age of Innocence by Michael Capuzzo


Can’t get enough of shark week? This is the book for you-a nonfiction account of a series of shark attacks along the Jersey shore during July, 1916. The Gilded Age is over, and the US is on the cusp of entering WWI. Americans from all financial stratus head out to a new vacation destination, the beach, to beat the summer heat. Few people knew anything about sharks; most fishermen considered them harmless, timid scavengers. Shock and horror at the discovery of great white sharks, and their need of large prey, sent beachgoers fleeing from beaches. This gripping sea saga may have served as inspiration for Jaws by Peter Benchley.


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