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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

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This book is the worst! It's like oh when kids read this they emailed me and asked how they can save these amazing creatures....whatever! No child should ever have to suffer their eyes when there's a mom behind her kids back and husbands....has sex with someone else! It's a terrible book, full if swearing, the movie was great the book is terrible. I got to like chap 30 and stopped after tht terrible person did the thing! It disgusts me and us not a kid book. And also it's like the book from the sharks point if view...?!?!?! Not! The shark comes, eats, then leaves while women go a adulterous. I would never get this book or pay money to do anything by right reviews to flush it down the toilet.


The Steven Spielberg is unforgettable. Roy Schneider's performance was unforgettable. Richard Dreyfuss' performance was unforgettable. Robert Shaw's performance was unforgettable. Peter Benchley's novel was also unforgettable because of how much of a let down I felt. It was too short, poorly written, and had no character development for anyone but Brody. I felt that the ending was pitiful and that the author just wanted to get it over with and slap the first thing he thought of on there. Disappointed greatly.

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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Jul 01, 1981
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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