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

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During the summer before the United States entered World War I, when ocean swimming was just becoming popular and luxurious Jersey Shore resorts were thriving as a chic playland for an opulent yet still innocent era's new leisure class, Americans were abruptly introduced to the terror of sharks. In July 1916 a lone great white was pulled from the deep ocean by a current of the Gulf Stream and headed in the direction of the New Jersey shoreline. There, near the towns of Beach Haven and Spring Lake - and, incredibly, a farming community eleven miles from the sea - the most ferocious and unpredictable of predators began a deadly rampage: the first shark attacks on swimmers in U.S. history. For Americans celebrating an astoundingly prosperous epoch much like our own, fueled by the wizardry of revolutionary inventions, the arrival of this violent predator symbolized the limits of mankind's power over nature.

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Very well written book about places close to my home 100 years ago. The book describes in detail what West Philadelphia was like in 1916, then the family goes "down the shore" - as we always called it ... Читати огляд повністю

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One of two seminal books on the 1916 New Jersey shark attacks, both of which are excellent. Previous reviews set forth the appeal of this book, which is well written in a style that seems like ... Читати огляд повністю

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