Close to Shore

In July 1916 a lone Great White left its usual deep-ocean habitat 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 inland—the most ferocious and unpredictable of predators began a deadly rampage: the first shark attacks on swimmers in U.S. history.

Combining rich historical detail and a harrowing, pulse-pounding narrative, Michael Capuzzo’s Close to Shore recreates the panic of that summer and the most extensive shark hunt in history.

role: Researcher
publisher: Broadway Books
publication date: Spring 2001
category: History

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