Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916

Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916

Michael Capuzzo


Combining wealthy historic aspect and a harrowing, pulse-pounding narrative, Close to Shore brilliantly re-creates the summer time of 1916, while a rogue nice White shark attacked swimmers alongside the recent Jersey shore, triggering mass hysteria and launching the main large shark hunt in historical past.

During the summer time prior to the U.S. entered international struggle I, whilst ocean swimming was once simply turning into well known and lush Jersey Shore motels have been thriving as an elegant playland for a luxurious but nonetheless blameless era's new relaxation category, american citizens have been suddenly brought to the fear of sharks. In July 1916 a lone nice White left its traditional deep-ocean habitat and headed towards the recent Jersey coastline. There, close to the cities of seashore Haven and Spring Lake-and, awfully, a farming group eleven miles inland-the so much ferocious and unpredictable of predators all started a perilous rampage: the 1st shark assaults on swimmers in U.S. heritage.

For american citizens celebrating an astoundingly wealthy epoch very similar to our personal, fueled by way of the wizardry of innovative innovations, the arriving of this violent predator symbolized the boundaries of mankind's strength opposed to nature.

Interweaving a bright portrait of the period and meticulously drawn characters with chilling money owed of the shark's 5 assaults and the frenzied hunt that ensued, Michael Capuzzo has created a nonfiction old mystery with the feel of Ragtime and the strain of Jaws. From the unnerving inevitability of the 1st assault at the esteemed son of a wealthy Philadelphia doctor to the spine-tingling second while a farm boy swimming in Matawan Creek feels the sandpaper-like epidermis of the passing shark, Close to Shore is an undeniably gripping saga.

Heightening the drama are tales of the ensuing panic within the citizenry, press and politicians, and of colourful personalities akin to Herman Oelrichs, a flamboyant millionaire who made a big gamble shark used to be no fit for a guy (and got down to end up it); Museum of usual background ichthyologist John Treadwell Nichols, confronted with the problem of forestalling a mythic sea creature approximately which little used to be recognized; and, such a lot memorable, the rogue nice White itself relocating via an international that could not conceive of both its harmful energy or its ethical correct to destroy.

Scrupulously researched and beautifully written, Close to Shore brings to lifestyles a panoramic, pivotal second in American historical past. Masterfully written and suffused with interesting interval element and insights into the technology and behaviour of sharks, as regards to Shore recounts a panoramic, pivotal second in American historical past with startling immediacy.

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