Close to Shore: A True Story of Terror in An Age of Innocence

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  • Title: Close to Shore: A True Story of Terror in An Age of Innocence
  • Author: Michael Capuzzo
  • ISBN: 9780767904131
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Capuzzo, Michael, Close To Shore A True Story Of Terror In An Age Of Innocence

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    1. WHO'S READY FOR SHARK WEEK?????? SHARK WEEK STARTS NOW!!in 1916, fish eat you!!every august, i get totally amped for shark week. and yet, i have not seen jaws since i was seven. (although i have seen open water both one and two. skip the second one - it is a complete waste of time). but the events in this book are the ones that inspired the movie jaws, so it is particularly awesomeaaaaaark! sharks are the coolest of all apex predators. they will just bump you with their nose to see what you are [...]

    2. Yeah let's just blame great white sharks for everything and call it a day. After all, sharks are extremely popular and a great white shark is the most marketable fish possibly ever. No one wants to watch a movie/read a book about a bull shark. In my humble opinion, bull sharks are the most dangerous sharks in the world. Bull sharks have the highest testosterone level in the animal world. You are more likely to die from getting attacked by a bull shark than at thehandsjaws of a great white. They [...]

    3. The true story of the New Jersey shark attacks by a rogue Great White that triggered mass hysteria and launched the most extensive shark hunt in history—these events eventually inspired the movie JAWS.

    4. I have just finished reading Close to Shore, it took just two days to read which is an indication of how good the story is and not that it's a short book. The author, Michael Capuzzo tells the horrifying story of how a rogue shark took a number of innocent lives in the United States back in 1916. The narrative runs for 298 pages and although it may appear to start off sluggish when the book begins with the lead up to the first attack it becomes hard to put down.Some reviews have mentioned that t [...]

    5. These were the shark attacks which inspired JAWS. Taking place in 1916, the sudden violence shocked the East Coast of America especially since some of the victims were killed in a creek. A creek!It was still a time of innocence. Men wore bathing suits which covered the chest while women had to adhere to beach regulations requiring modesty and, preferably, full-length bathing outfits. But times were a-changing, because for the first time in its young history, the United States had its first gener [...]

    6. There were certain aspects of this that I really enjoyed. The context in the first few chapters is wonderful--really helped set up just what a shock such violent shark attacks would have been at that time. Also at the beginning, the information on great white shark biology and behavior was really interesting. However, this 'stage-setting' and random tidbits got very, very annoying as the book stretched on, partly because it began to meander farther and farther away from the subject of the book, [...]

    7. What makes this book particularly interesting is the period detail: the mores, the social habits, life ( at least along the eastern seaboard among the fairly wealthy.) The author follows the shark as it meanders up the coast ( something that annoyed me was attribution of motivation to the shark, but a minor quibble) and the reactions from the local populace (the general feeling was that the attacks were the work of killer whales and that sharks did not attack people.)Shark attacks began to occur [...]

    8. I've read Jaws, I've seen the movie, and now I have Read Close To Shore. I guess I am ready for my trip to the Beach in April. I found this story fascinating. The author kept the suspense of the capture of the shark. All the parts about what the shark was thinking was pure conjecture, of course, but I still found it entertaining. It was obvious that this was a well researched story. I find it interesting how humanities feelings about sharks tend to swing on a pendulum curve, from man-eating terr [...]

    9. The true story of the first official recording of a person being killed by a shark in the U.S.This shark, a Great White, was considered a serial killer of its kind. The events of the shark attacks that took place off the Jersey shore in 1916 was the basis for Benchley's 'Jaws'.This was not only a tale of the sad and gruesome killings of man by possibly natures most proficient killing machine but it was also a lesson in history. There were some very interesting details about life during that peri [...]

    10. I am scared to go the water. I live near an inlet bay off the Gulf of Mexico here in Texas. We have had shark sightings perhaps near-attack. So shark fear can ring bells in my gut. We have plenty of smaller sharks, like hammer heads. My brother caught one when we were teenagers when he decided for a summer to fish with other young men around here in various local waters.Even without all the acting ability and music and other dramatization of the movie Jaws, I found this book scary.So entertaingl [...]

    11. A decent but unspectacular account of the 1916 shark attacks off the Jersey Shore, which served as the inspiration forJaws. The book is slow to get going as Capuzzo attempts to paint a picture of life in the Eastern United States in the teens, a task with which I felt he had only limited success. Clearly a lot of research went into this account, and Capuzzo provides a lot of detail, but he never really makes the past come alive like, for example,E.L. Doctorow does inRagtime. Neither are the desc [...]

    12. YIKES! True accounts of a "Great White" that terrorizes the Jersey shore the summer of 1916 with a true hero in Stanley Fisher. So amazing, his courage, as he tries to free young Lester Stilwell from the mouth of a shark!Many interesting facts about sharks; one I particularly remember is that their ability to smell is more sensitive than a hunting dog, and they can detect one part blood in ONE MILLION parts of water.Loved the descriptions of dress codes of the time.Interesting and horrific read. [...]

    13. Kudos to the author for his book packed with historical and biographical detail. It made the story come alive for me - I felt like I was in the mix versus reading a dry well-researched accounting. The structure dips its toe into reading more like a novel, yet one is always clear that all you read really happened. The weight of that is never lost.The author made it known what was understood at that time about sharks by the general public and the scientific community without condescending to them. [...]

    14. This book suffers from the same disease as Isaac's Storm, that unpleasant new mix of fiction and non-fiction that, miraculously, seems to be very popular among readers. I don't get it. I was immediately suspicious when I read the author's disclaimer at the beginning of the book, stating that all of it *was* true and that any speculation was based on sound reasoning etc. That made it pretty clear what was ahead.When I read a book about shark attacks, I don't particularly want to read speculations [...]

    15. Excellently written, this page turner was well worth the time spent reading. I was particularly drawn to it because the New Jersey shore is approximately a two hour drive from where I live, and it contains many good memories of riding the waves, tasting the salt water for the first time, the sounds and smells of the boardwalk, and wonderful family vacations.During the summer of 1916, when vacationing at the "shore" became a new experience, a rouge shark thrown out of the gulf stream into the Atl [...]

    16. sharks and history and the jersey shore. yeah, so. it's an excellent account of america on the east coast during the summer of 1916. it totally bites ass as a story of sharks. the biology is all wrong, the "theory" he puts forth as he writes from the perspective of the shark, who was probably born off montauk in 1908 (WTF?!), just makes me cringe. it's also telling how he really only likes this one shark dude, burgess, and uses him the most. because man, talk about loads of conflicting evidence [...]

    17. A fascinating read not only about sharks and shark attacks but definitely about the history of the time as well. I loved all the details given about the early 1900s, it really set the scene for the attacks and the response of the times. I never really gave much thought to swimming out in the sea and the sharks, I usually worry about riptides and undertows, but I will never look out to the sea in the same way again. 5 stars for a well-told story rich in historical details and full of nail-bitting [...]

    18. "The most frightening animal on earth"Michael Capuzzo has the soul of a novelist; this is not only evident in the dramatic episode which forms the prologue of CLOSE TO SHORE, but also in the flowery and descriptive narrative which occurs in abundance throughout the rest of the book. Based around (and one might be tempted at times to add "loosely" here) a series of shark attacks which plagued the New Jersey shoreline in the summer of 1916, CLOSE TO SHORE is as much a history of the Edwardian Era [...]

    19. An exhaustively researched reconstruction of the 1916 Jersey Shore shark attacks that served as the basis for Jaws, Michael Capuzzo's Close to Shore is a tremendous achievement of historical journalism that is somewhat undermined by its stiflingly repetitive narrative style. Reading Capuzzo's "Sources and Acknowledgements" drives home his formidable journalistic chops. The guy, if he's too be believed (and I think he is), read every page of the Penn University student newspaper during the years [...]

    20. The shark attacks that inspired the first summer blockbuster I wasn't sure how to feel about this at first. At times, this got really dense about things that seemed unnecessary to the story. There were extensive histories of people involved with the attacks and some buildings/institutions on the coasts, and it honestly felt descriptive to a fault sometimes. But once the momentum of the attacks got started, there was less time for descriptions and more action narrations and ACTUAL SCIENCE! Wow! T [...]

    21. “It's the July 4th Holiday. Thousands of people are fleeing the heat of the cities for the coolness of the ocean, unaware that a great white shark is cruising the shoreline hunting for food.Sound familiar?Before you cue the music, this is the real story. This was July of 1916, an age when people were just starting to enjoy 'ocean bathing' in bathing suits that were measured on the beaches to be sure they weren't too short and exposing too much flesh. The Jersey Shore had long been a place of r [...]

    22. Since I just moved from North Jersey to South Jersey and being familiar with the area I had to know this story. I didn’t see the movie Jaws….I am a wimp and can’t handle scary movies and honestly I almost had to put this one down. My imagination goes wild and I’m easily terrified. Thankfully the info about how the shark’s biology or mind works helped keep me on track. I did find that very interesting.It was a bit frustrating for me to read how some of the scientists and expert types we [...]

    23. A fascinating study of a series of shark attacks that occurred off the Jersey Shore in 1916. There's enough action and tension in this narrative to satisfy fans of "Jaws," but Capuzzo's book is almost more interesting for his thorough description of the social mores of the time -- swimming and sunbathing on beaches was quite a new fad. I also found it interesting because of the location; one of the victims lived in a house in Philadelphia not four blocks from where I live now. My only wish is th [...]

    24. I was sorry to see this one end. A thumping good read. Gave me a delightful sense of the time and place when the Matawan Creek shark attacks happened. I have to say I seriously doubt the theory that a Great White was behing the attacks, but they barely managed to support the idea.

    25. a great account not only of the shark attacks in 1916, but also a historical glimpse into the culture, politics, and society of the period. Fascinating book.

    26. Since this doesn't rise to the level of Sherman's collected wisdom, I can really only offer up 2 1/2 stars. This was a breeze to read (once getting past the author's tendency toward hyperbole and nonfictional purple prose), but is a bit tricky to review in light of how derivative it is. There's no way to shake the sense that this entire book has been done before, and better.Desperately seeking a riveting nonfiction adventure that will teach you a little something about great white sharks and a s [...]

    27. HAPPY SHARK WEEK!In celebration of the most wonderful week of the year I usually pledge to read at least one shark-themed book. Here's the book I chose for 2016. I've actually been meaning to read Close to the Shore for years now, so better late than never. The events of 1916 shark attacks at the New Jorsey shoreline apparently inspired Peter Benchley's famous Jaws and the subsequent movie, and I can see how. There numerous parallels: the dependent on summer tourism seaside towns, the open beach [...]

    28. The true story in this book was the basis for the movie Jaws. It is articulately but floridly written, and the first 80-some pages are all tedious description of anything tangentially connected to the shark attacks. The rest of the book, while still offering incursions into anything remotely related to the shark incidents--such as lengthy descriptions of the hotels in the town where the first attacks occurred--reads quite well. After the first 80 pages, the story picks up, relating the four deat [...]

    29. I like era stories; when the spirit of a times is observed in relation to an overwhelming and seemingly daunting struggle (whether it be terror, technology or societal growing pains). That said, when I checked out this audiobook from the library, I returned it within two days. Someone else I know said they loved this book and thought I was crazy for not giving it more of a chance, but what a disappointment. Not quite to the level where it is 1 star trash (that is a place where Clive Cussler and [...]

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