Member Blogs > Books Tell You WhyJAWS Author Peter Benchley as Ocean Advocate

  • Thu, 07 May 2015 08:00:00    Permalink

    Author Peter Benchley may have stumbled into fame as an expert on all things shark, but he quickly took up the mantle as their advocate. Benchley’s smash hit novel, Jaws, came out in 1974, spent 44 weeks on the bestseller list, and became the first summer blockbuster film (ever) the following year. Although Benchley cast a great white shark as his villain, he would spend the rest of his career debunking the stereotype he created.

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