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Close to Shore - The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916

Michael Capuzzo

Combining rich historical detail and a harrowing, pulse-pounding narrative, Close to Shore brilliantly re-creates the summer of 1916, when a rogue Great White shark attacked swimmers along the New Jersey shore, triggering mass hysteria and launching the most extensive shark hunt in history. 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. Capuzzo interweaves a vivid portrait of the era and meticulously drawn characters with chilling accounts of the shark's five attacks and the frenzied hunt that ensued. From the unnerving inevitability of the first attack on the esteemed son of a prosperous Philadelphia physician to the spine-tingling moment when a farm boy swimming in Matawan Creek feels the sandpaper-like skin of the passing shark, Close to Shore is an undeniably gripping saga. Heightening the drama are stories of the resulting panic in the citizenry, press and politicians, and of colorful personalities such as Herman Oelrichs, a flamboyant millionaire who made a bet that a shark was no match for a man (and set out to prove it); Museum of Natural History ichthyologist John Treadwell Nichols, faced with the challenge of stopping a mythic sea creature about which little was known; and, most memorable, the rogue Great White itself moving through a world that couldn't conceive of either its destructive power or its moral right to destroy. Scrupulously researched and superbly written, Close to Shore brings to life a breathtaking, pivotal moment in American history. Masterfully written and suffused with fascinating period detail and insights into the science and behavior of sharks, Close to Shore recounts a breathtaking, pivotal moment in American history with startling immediacy.

Combining rich historical detail and a harrowing, pulse-pounding narrative, Close to Shore brilliantly re-creates the summer of 1916, when a rogue Great White shark attacked swimmers along the New Jersey shore, triggering mass hysteria and launching the most extensive shark hunt in history. 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. Capuzzo interweaves a vivid portrait of the era and meticulously drawn characters with chilling accounts of the shark's five attacks and the frenzied hunt that ensued. From the unnerving inevitability of the first attack on the esteemed son of a prosperous Philadelphia physician to the spine-tingling moment when a farm boy swimming in Matawan Creek feels the sandpaper-like skin of the passing shark, Close to Shore is an undeniably gripping saga. Heightening the drama are stories of the resulting panic in the citizenry, press and politicians, and of colorful personalities such as Herman Oelrichs, a flamboyant millionaire who made a bet that a shark was no match for a man (and set out to prove it); Museum of Natural History ichthyologist John Treadwell Nichols, faced with the challenge of stopping a mythic sea creature about which little was known; and, most memorable, the rogue Great White itself moving through a world that couldn't conceive of either its destructive power or its moral right to destroy. Scrupulously researched and superbly written, Close to Shore brings to life a breathtaking, pivotal moment in American history. Masterfully written and suffused with fascinating period detail and insights into the science and behavior of sharks, Close to Shore recounts a breathtaking, pivotal moment in American history with startling immediacy.
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Combining rich historical detail and a harrowing, pulse-pounding narrative, Close to Shore brilliantly re-creates the summer of 1916, when a rogue Great White shark attacked swimmers along the New Jersey shore, triggering mass hysteria and launching the most extensive shark hunt in history. 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. Capuzzo interweaves a vivid portrait of the era and meticulously drawn characters with chilling accounts of the shark's five attacks and the frenzied hunt that ensued. From the unnerving inevitability of the first attack on the esteemed son of a prosperous Philadelphia physician to the spine-tingling moment when a farm boy swimming in Matawan Creek feels the sandpaper-like skin of the passing shark, Close to Shore is an undeniably gripping saga. Heightening the drama are stories of the resulting panic in the citizenry, press and politicians, and of colorful personalities such as Herman Oelrichs, a flamboyant millionaire who made a bet that a shark was no match for a man (and set out to prove it); Museum of Natural History ichthyologist John Treadwell Nichols, faced with the challenge of stopping a mythic sea creature about which little was known; and, most memorable, the rogue Great White itself moving through a world that couldn't conceive of either its destructive power or its moral right to destroy. Scrupulously researched and superbly written, Close to Shore brings to life a breathtaking, pivotal moment in American history. Masterfully written and suffused with fascinating period detail and insights into the science and behavior of sharks, Close to Shore recounts a breathtaking, pivotal moment in American history with startling immediacy.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Len Cariou

Length:

6h 8m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:31


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:54


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:50


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:53


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:03


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:03


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:05


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:15


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:27


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:48


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:39


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:15


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:50


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:31


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:47


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:54


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:31


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:06


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:35


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:36


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:01


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:22


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:03


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:43


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:07


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:57


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:59


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:56


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:38


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:57


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:20


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:42


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:35


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:11


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:28


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:03


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:56


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:36


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:48


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:01


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:58


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:15


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:12


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:44