Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916

Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916

by Michael Capuzzo, Mike Capuzzo
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Close to Shore 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a review of the book, Close to Shore , written by Michael Capuzzo. The book tells the story of shark attacks which occurred off the coast of New Jersey in the year of 1916. This book provided the idea for the blockbuster movie, Jaws. I thought the book was interested, but occasionally got bogged down with too many factual details. The author did a good job of setting the scene for the year 1916. I liked his use of language and his description of many events. The book does bring out the fear people have of sharks. As a future marine biologist, I learned alot. I would give this book four(4) stars and would recommend it to my friends. I would not suggest they read it at the beach, though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently bought the newer edition of this book for children. For children? I don't think so. In saying this, this book WAS more chilling, gripping and authentic than Peter Benchley's JAWS, except for Benchley's first 3 1/2 pages. Capuzzo really puts you there in 1916 - swimming on the Jersey shore, wearing the present day fashions and wishing that you were not the parents of the young men who perished during that hot, sweltering summer. I was so impressed that I decided to purchase the paperback and read the entire book of over 300 pages. A good source for shark-lovers and anyone interested in the great white shark.
AmandaMae More than 1 year ago
It is interesting to note how little people knew about the great white in the summer of 1916 and how sobering it is to realize how little we still know about great whites. I was a little disappointed at first by the lack of illustrations but quickly found them unnecessary. This is as un-put-downable as any fiction.
-AberdeenReader_ More than 1 year ago
This author uses colorful social, political, and scientific details about New Jerseyans and other Americans during the early 20th century in order to tell the story the 1916 shark attacks along the Jersey shore. Aside from a few gruesome details, I enjoyed every page!
GraverGrace More than 1 year ago
Wonderful non-fiction account of 1916 shark attack along east coast. Reads better than most fiction stories. Stumbled upon this book while doing genealogical research on the internet - read the sample pages and was hooked! It's a genuine page-turner and has the bonus of giving a detailed depiction of the times and places where I grew up. I enjoyed this book on SO many levels.
L-Harris More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The history of the area and times was well done ....like reading an Edith Wharton or watching "Age of Innocence " with a shark. I've given copies to several friends who have also enjoyed this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When reading this book, 'Close to Shore: The terifying shark attacks of 1916' I first did not know what to think. AFter a long intoduction, the book opens up and revels a new side of mystery. It keeps its readers guessing on where the shark is, and what will happen next. Very detailed descriptions were given of the beach, victims, shark, and attack places. The author of this book has a lot of be proud of, no matter what people think. I am sure, you will love this book!!! =]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read but slow and dry at times. It is a historical account of the 1916 shark attacks off Long Island and New Jersey with very little anticdotal references. It will be a boring read for those not used to academic historical writing, but the history and recent re-investigation of the attacks is interesting and yields new evidence to the true species of the attacks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Long but a good book
Crimson_Sparrow More than 1 year ago
This book follows the events that inspired Jaws. Goes into great detail in the era and the events that took place in the times of the incidents.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A short read but fascinating account of not just a rogue shark and it's attacks, but life in the early 1900s.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book when I read it years ago on its release so much I own it in hardback. Hard to believe we really didn't know much about sharks until the last few decades when Jaws introduced us to terror with its marauding Great White. Peter Benchley was inspired by the attacks in 1916 recalled in this book. Also check out the Doug Stanton title, In Harm's Way, about the USS Indianapolis' sinking and its crew's subsequent attack by sharks as recalled by Quint in Robert Shaw's wonderful performance in the movie Jaws.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well researched and written like a good mystery. Highly recommended. Kind of wish there was a sequel to look forward to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a frequent visitor to the Jersey Shore, Long Beach Island in particular, I found this book to be a very interesting read into a snapshot in time when the summer of 1916 was anything but calm and serene up and down the beaches of New Jersey.
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I could not put this book down. It receates an era, giving an undrstanding of the ignorance and politics as well as the fear that surrounded these attacks. This is a first rate documentry.
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BookGeek3368 More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting story. It started out a little slow, although I did appreciate the time the author took to give the reader a true sense of the time period. I also appreciate the author's attempt to give the shark equal time in this story. Definitely worth reading.
HRLS More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, I do not agree with all the four-star reviews! The author changes writing styles as much as three times a page. One moment you are reading the narrative of a novel set in 1916, then suddenly that is interrupted by a paragraph or two of research done by somebody 100 years later. This constant style change might be forgivable if it weren't for the fact that the author feels the need to wax poetic about everything from the sunsets to the parapets of the hotels. The incessant wordiness becomes almost unbearable; but I managed to finish the book anyway. While the book is educational about life in that particular period of time in America, especially on the eastern seacoast, it is not a read I would recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well planned out novel. The author does a wonderful job of not only recreating the attacks, but also the atmosphere surrounding the attacks. 1916 New Jersey seemed to be a very eclectic place to have been a part of! The research was clearly done in the planning of this novel and with every turn of the page, your heart starts to beat a little faster!
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It was a bullshark