Shark: Stories of Life and Death from the World's Most Dangerous Waters

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Shark picks up where previous Adrenaline titles such as Rough Water and Deep Blue left off, with a collection focusing on man's terrifying interactions with one of the planet's most frightening beasts—an animal that arouses our most primal fears—fears that were recently brought to the surface by an outbreak of fatal attacks on this country's beaches. From novelists to sailors to oceanographers to divers, man's encounters with sharks have produced a diverse body of gripping, often inspired writing by great names ...
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Overview


Shark picks up where previous Adrenaline titles such as Rough Water and Deep Blue left off, with a collection focusing on man's terrifying interactions with one of the planet's most frightening beasts—an animal that arouses our most primal fears—fears that were recently brought to the surface by an outbreak of fatal attacks on this country's beaches. From novelists to sailors to oceanographers to divers, man's encounters with sharks have produced a diverse body of gripping, often inspired writing by great names in adventure literature. Along with 16 black-and-white photos, selections feature a wide range of work with an emphasis on thrills and chills, including Peter Matthiessen on the great white shark, Edward Marriott on hunting man-eaters off Nicaragua, Richard Fernicola's account of the 1916 shark attacks that inspired Peter Benchley's Jaws, and Jacques Cousteau's studies of the creatures.
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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
Sharks fascinate and repel us simultaneously. They glide through the water with a graceful ease. Then they can quickly and violently chomp on a fish or a human body part. These short stories look at sharks and various aspects of their behavior. The stories seem similar because of the topic. As with other books in this series, the quality of the stories is uneven. Some are spellbinding while others are not compelling at all. Also, these seem repetitive: men going to Australia, hunting sharks, fighting sharks, killing sharks, and in some cases, filming sharks. Only a must purchase if your collection or readers need more on marine life. (Adrenaline series) Category: Collections. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Avalon, Thunder's Mouth Press, 298p. illus. bibliog., , Clancy-Cullen,
Library Journal
Last summer, the media fueled a shark attack scare when in fact the number of incidents was below average. This year seems primed to be the "Summer of the Shark Book," in which authors interested in the predatory fish capitalize on last summer's hype just in time for this summer's beach crowd. Shark is an anthology of excerpts from previously published books and articles, including Peter Benchley's Jaws, Eugenie Clark's Lady with a Spear, Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, and Jean-Michel Cousteau's Cousteau's Great White Shark. The only apparent common thread is that the selections feature people being attacked by sharks or sharks being attacked by people. The fact that this is part of the "Adrenaline Book" series is a good clue as to the nature of this volume. Benchley's Shark Trouble is intended more as an argument against the hype than more fuel for it. The author's introduction emphasizes how much has been learned since he wrote Jaws in 1974 and that sharks, including the most fearsome ones, are in much more danger from humans than humans from sharks. A chapter called "The Summer of Hype" sets the record straight on last year's media hysteria. Other chapters discuss the real dangers of swimming in the ocean (e.g., tides, rips, and other currents) and how to avoid getting caught. Some personal shark anecdotes add excitement as well. Benchley's solid and informative book is recommended for public and school libraries, especially where there is an interest in the ocean and scuba diving. Shark is not recommended; libraries would do better to purchase the publications that it highlights, plus a few other classic shark books, such as Thomas H. Lineaweaver's The Natural History of the Shark. [John A. Musick and Beverly McMillan's The Shark Chronicles: A Scientist Tracks the Consummate Predator is coming in September from Holt. Ed.] Margaret A. Rioux, MBL/WHOI Lib., Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst., MA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
This collection presents 20 accounts of survival, sport, and scientific encounters with sharks, by authors including Arthur C. Clarke, Zane Grey, and Peter Benchley. A few b&w photos are included. May has worked as a writer and editor. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560253976
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: Adrenaline Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author


Nathaniel May has swum in three of the world's oceans—the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Indian—without encountering a single shark. He graduated from Davidson College in 1995, and has worked as a freelance writer and photographer. He lives in Portland, Maine.
Clint Willis is the series editor of Adrenaline Books. His anthologies for the series include Epic and Adrenaline 2001.
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Table of Contents

Photographs viii
Introduction ix
from Blue Meridian 1
from Savage Shore 33
Shark Dive 67
A Shark in the Mind of One Contemplating Wilderness 79
The Shark's Parlor 89
from The Lonely Crossing of Juan Cabrera 95
Under the Deck Awnings 113
from Close to Shore 123
from Cousteau's Great White Shark 137
from The Coast of Coral 161
from The Lady and the Sharks 171
Diving Into Shark-Fin Soup 183
from Sharks Are Caught at Night 195
from Tales of Fishing Virgin Seas 209
from Last Horizons 221
from The Old Man and the Sea 231
from Desperate Voyage 239
from In the Slick of the Cricket 253
Great White Sharks 273
from Jaws 289
Acknowledgments 295
Permissions 296
Bibliography 298
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2002

    Any shark lover will hate this book!

    All the stories all long and draw out with few shark mentions. And when they are mention, they are often being hunted. I thought we were educated enough to cherish our large fish friends and not glorify their demise. Any shark fan should veer from these ¿dangerous waters¿!

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