Jaws by Peter Benchley

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Here is Peter Benchley’s classic suspense novel of shark versus man, which was made into the blockbuster Steven Spielberg movie. The Jaws phenomenon changed popular culture and continues to inspire a growing interest in sharks and the oceans today.
When Peter Benchley wrote Jaws in the early 1970s, he meticulously researched all available data about shark behavior. Over the ensuing decades, Benchley was actively engaged with scientists and filmmakers on expeditions around the world as they expanded their knowledge of sharks. Also during this time, there was an unprecedented upswing in the number of sharks killed to make shark-fin soup, and Benchley worked with governments and nonprofits to sound the alarm for shark conservation. He encouraged each new generation of Jaws fans to enjoy his riveting tale and to channel their excitement into support and protection of these magnificent, prehistoric apex predators.
This edition of Jaws contains bonus content from Peter Benchley’s archives, including the original typed title page, a brainstorming list of possible titles, a letter from Benchley to producer David Brown with honest feedback on the movie adaptation, and excerpts from Benchley’s book Shark Trouble highlighting his firsthand account of writing Jaws, selling it to Universal Studios, and working with Steven Spielberg.
“A tightly written, tautly paced study of terror [that] makes us tingle.”—The Washington Post
“Powerful . . . [Benchley’s] story grabs you at once.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Relentless terror . . . You’d better steel yourself for this one. It isn’t a tale for the faint of heart.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Pure engrossment from the very opening . . . a fine story told with style, class, and a splendid feeling for suspense.”—Chicago Sun-Times

About Peter Benchley

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Peter Benchley began his career as a bestselling novelist in 1974 with the publication of Jaws, which was made into a hugely successful film. His other books include The Deep, Beast, Rummies, and Shark Trouble. He was also a speechwriter and a journalist for such magazines as Newsweek and National Geographic. Benchley died in 2006.
Published July 31, 2012 by Fawcett. 353 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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The jaws are those of a shark which makes quick work of a pretty young woman on the Long Island shore (Amity) where the disaster is kept quiet in the (financial) interest of the town's summer rentals.

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Publishers Weekly

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Benchley's novel, while better known as the source material for Steven Spielberg's classic movie, has earned its own stripes as a small gem of suspense fiction. With another summer fast a

Apr 27 2009 | Read Full Review of Jaws

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Beyond that, there’s an abundance of special features, including The Shark Is Still Working, Laurent Bouzereau’s two-hour-plus making-of documentary from 1995, a nifty nine-minute look at the restoration process, and deleted scenes, storyboards, and original featurettes.

Aug 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Jaws

The Daily Beast

Jaws is the film version of Peter Benchley's runaway bestseller about a man-eating shark who came to dinner at a Long Island, N.Y., summer-resort community.

Jun 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Jaws

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Coffee Time Romance

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Aug 02 2011 | Read Full Review of Jaws

Media Mikes

One of the most influential books ever written about the daily ins and outs of making a movie, Carl Gottlieb’s “The Jaws Log” is a behind the screen account of the creation of one of the most popular, both critically and at the box office, films of all time: Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece, “Jaws....

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Star Pulse

Summary:Based on Peter Benchley's best-selling novel, Steven Spielberg's 1975 shark saga set the standard for the New Hollywood popcorn blockbuster while frightening millions of moviegoers out of the water.

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Badass Digest

John Milius, Gottlieb, Spielberg, and others all took a crack at it, but it was Shaw who combined them all and worked out a version of his own, and what we see in the film is the result of two takes (from different days), as the first time Shaw was a bit too drunk to do it justice (he did the sec...

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