Close to Shore

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Close to Shore: A True Story of Terror in an Age of Innocence
First edition cover
Author Michael Capuzzo
Country United States
Language English
Subject Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916
History of New Jersey
Publisher Broadway Books
Publication date
Media type Hardback
Pages 317
ISBN ISBN 0-7679-0413-3 (hardback)
OCLC 46565150
597.3/1566 21
LC Class QL638.93 .C36 2001

Close to Shore: A True Story of Terror in an Age of Innocence is a non-fiction book by journalist Michael Capuzzo about the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916. The book was published in 2001 by Broadway Books. Capuzzo argues that the five victims were attacked by a great white shark, though others believe that the attacker was a bull shark.

According to the afterword, Capuzzo spent two years researching not only the shark attacks but also the time period so he could gain a better understanding of the lives of the World War I-era Americans affected by the attacks. In addition to research in newspapers and contemporary journals and letters, Capuzzo visited the sites and together with George Burgess tested the waters of Matawan Creek to see if it was possible that a great white shark entered.

The book goes into great detail about the people involved and their lives and motivations, as well as recounting the grisly facts of each of the attacks.

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