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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From the disaster response reading program, this is a melodramatic page turner, but a well-done melodramatic page-turner. Author Michael Capuzzo is a journalist, so we get a lot of the tradition for ... Читати огляд повністю

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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 ... Читати огляд повністю

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