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Surviving the Shark: How a Brutal Great White Attack Turned a Surfer into a Dedicated Defender of Sharks Hardcover – July 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616086807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616086800
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A gripping account. . . .If you want people to notice you at the beach, but you don't have a fitness trainer's body, take this book along with you. Heads will turn.” (Los Angeles Times)

About the Author

Jonathan Kathrein grew up outside San Francisco with his mother, father, and two younger brothers. He always enjoyed surfing, especially at the site of his attack, Stinson Beach. He was only sixteen when he was attacked, yet he demonstrated great poise and maturity. During and after recovery, Kathrein remains a driving force in shark attack prevention and shark awareness. He leads lectures and founded the nonprofit Future Leaders for Peace, which aims to share his shark experience. Also, in 2009 he collaborated with his mother, Margaret Kathrein, on Far From Shore, which is a retelling of the event from her perspective. They live in San Rafael, California.

David McGuire is the director and founder of Sea Stewards and a Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences. 



Wallace J. Nichols, PhD is a Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences and the founder of Bluemind: The Mind &Ocean Initiative. 


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Dr. Wallace "J." Nichols is a scientist, activist, community organizer, author and dad. He works to inspire a deeper connection with nature, sometimes simply by walking and talking, other times through writing or images. Science and knowledge can also stoke our fires. But he knows that what really moves people is feeling part of and touching something bigger than ourselves.

J. is a Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences and co-founder of OceanRevolution.org, an international network of young ocean advocates, SEEtheWILD.org, a conservation travel network, GrupoTortuguero.org, an international sea turtle conservation network, and LiVBLUE.org, a global campaign to reconnect us to our water planet.

He has authored and co-authored more than 50 scientific papers and reports and his work has been broadcast on NPR, BBC, PBS, National Geographic and Animal Planet and featured in Time, Newsweek, GQ, Outside Magazine, Fast Company, Scientific American and New Scientist, among others.

Nichols earned his Bachelor's degree in Biology and Spanish from DePauw University, an MEM in Environmental Policy and Economics from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, and his PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona. In 2010 he delivered the commencement address at DePauw University where he also received an honorary doctorate in science.

He advises a motivated group of international graduate students and serves as an advisor to numerous non-profit boards and committees as part of his commitment to building a stronger, more progressive, and connected environmental community.

J. lives with his partner Dana, two daughters and some cats, dogs and chickens on California's SLOWCOAST, a rural stretch of coastal mountains where organic strawberries rule, mountain lions roam and their motto is "In Slow We Trust".

Lately he is working on Blue Mind, merging the fields of cognitive science and aquatic exploration.

Nichols contributes regularly to the Huffington Post.

To book Dr. Nichols to be a speaker at your event, or to organize a Blue Mind workshop, please email info@wallacejnichols.org.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on March 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
If your reluctant reader needs a biography, TRY THIS ONE. It has black-and-white photographs of a 16-year-old kid who survived a shark attack near San Francisco in 1998. His determination to survive and recover, and to spread his message about the importance of sharks, is exciting reading!

There is nothing complicated about this story, in fact, the chapters are so repetitive that many kids may lose interest. But the photographs and length of the book may be perfect for your reluctant reader, or an older ESL student. Give it a try!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abby on January 15, 2013
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I Loved this book it was breath taking and mind blowing you are awesome and the best author ever thank you
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I've been surfing since 1965, mostly in SoCal, but also a year, 1969-70, in Santa Cruz. I've never seen a shark, just heard stories. I think Jonathan has skewed his opinions of sharks so far over to the shark's side of things that he forgets the absolute horror, death and, for most survivors, disfigurement/disability that results. His contention that we aren't really what sharks want to eat is suspect at best when you consider the long history of human/shark encounters. My prime example is the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis, torpedoed in 1945 when returning from delivering the first bomb to be used on Japan. The mission was so secret that there was no general notification to the fleet that she was en route to Leyte Gulf or where the ship was, and there was no escort. Sinking in 12 minutes, of the almost 1200 men on board, 900 made it into the water. Of these 900 men, only 317 made it to rescue when the survivors were discovered by accident 4 days later. The causes of death were dehydration, starvation and sharks; the attacks began at dawn of the first day, and continued unabated. This was the worst disaster in US Naval history, and if you refer to the many books written on the incident, you will discover that it was a feeding frenzy, sickening to contemplate. The survivors were in lifeboats or clinging to debris, and sometimes there would be screams when an unfortunate soul was taken by a shark, sometimes silence, but the scene was clearly one of unmitigated horror, death and dying, and the men had no chance, no defense whatsoever, except to be near the center of a group, away from the edges where they were being picked off.Read more ›
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The author was a victim of a gruesome great white shark attack in 1998 off Stinson Beach, CA while bodyboarding. He knew he wasn't alone in the water, having been bumped shortly before the attack. It wasn't until he grabbed the shark and thrust his fingers in its gills that it let Jonathan go, after dragging him underwater for what seemed like an eternity. He sustained massive injuries to his leg, and thankfully, didn't have to have it amputated. Six hundred stitches and extensive physical therapy later, he made a full recovery. The book takes us through it all, from the attack through his painful rehabilitation from his wounds. He's an advocate for sharks, realizing that he was in ITS domain, where anything can and does happen. His story is inspirational and fascinating. I recommend it to any shark lover.
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Enjoyable book to read, and gain insight with the behavior of sharks in general, and the great white shark, in specific.

Just too many repeated passages in the later chapters of the book. Of course, the great news is young Jonathon did survive.
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