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Sharkman of Cortez Perfect Paperback – June 30, 2010
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"Sharkman of Cortez" is a collaboration of Goldschmitt's meticulous notes, detailed memories, delightful drawings and amazing color photographs of his 40-year career as an adventurous shark hunter incorporated by Mangani into a poignant, funny and sometimes terrifyng story of a boy's journey into manhood. This history of the coastal communities from Siesta Key to Anna Maria Island and Cortez is filled with the colorful characters Goldschmitt knew along the way, and relates the demise of the fishing industry in the Gulf waters. Mangani's genius for descriptive writing makes the people, places and sharks come alive. The photographs -- 32 1/2 pages of them! -- are a bonus.
Goldschmitt definitely has an agenda you can agree with or not, but it's a fascinating, entertaining and informative look at a culture that has all but disappeared from the Florida coast.
I am looking forward to more books from Marisa Mangani.
This shark book is much more than just an exciting shark story, it is the unforgettable tale of a lost teenaged boy becoming a man and finally finding love.
The shark scenes are described so well you feel as if you're on the boat, fighting alongside the Sharkman with the Florida sun beating on you while your heart pounds with adrenalin! The vast array of pictures scattered throughout the book proves this is no fictional tale created in someone's imagination, but a true, life-long adventure!
Agree or disagree with his methods or his beliefs, Captain Bill, THE Sharkman, does things in his own way and by his own rules, always.
Beautifully written by a woman who knows him well, Marisa Magnani, the tale saunters in and out of sleazy bars, famous research labs, hot beaches and dangerous waters, along with a great cast of characters. This book is hard to put down.
He stubbornly refuses to accept that what he does could in any way be detrimental to our planet, or that he has anything other than a god-given 'right' to slaughter as many sharks as he sees fit. He routinely labels anyone who challenges his standpoint and any scientists who suggest that marine ecosystems are under threat as 'loonies'. With shark populations in serious worldwide decline, please don't support this man and what he does by buying his book - however 'well written' and 'entertaining' the story may be.