|Jones Beach: An Illustrated History
By John Hanc
Jones Beach looms large in the hearts and lives
of millions of New Yorkers.
From its windswept beginnings on the far edge of an empire to its 20th-century status as the greatest public beach front resort in America, Jones Beach State Park has been home to countless memories.
This accessible illustrated history tells its story via the personalities that shaped it--charming pirate Thomas Jones, for whom the beach was named; powerful master builder Robert Moses, whose promise to provide a refuge to the "teeming masses" of America's great city drove the project; beloved entertainer Guy Lombardo, who revived the theater and created the elaborate shows; the proud lifeguard corps, and so many more. Period photos show buildings rising, parking lots filling, and the public frolicking. Hanc's attention to detail and the wonderful collection of archival photographs make this a must read for anyone who grew up going to Jones Beach. The foreword by "Mr. Long Island," Ed Lowe.
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"John Hanc has done a wonderful job of illustrating the beauty and the history of Jones Beach...Any historian will be pleased, and any citizen of New York will be proud to have this book in their collection."
- Donald J. Trump
It was a pleasure and honor to purchase your wonderful Book.
My Grandfather began to take me to JONES when I was about 12 years old.
I am already thinking about buying more copies for Christmas gifts for other fans of JONES!!!
-Paul Grimaldi, Yonkers
"A wonderful book that captures so many good things about the park."
-Susan Guliani, director of Jones Beach State Park
John Hanc captures the soul of an earlier, simpler America when mom and dad took the kids to the beach for the day and we made sand castles which were then washed away with the incoming tide.
-Ken Irvine, Greenwich, Ct.
About the author
John Hanc is a long-time contributing writer for Newsday, the Long Island newspaper. His work has also appeared in such publications as Smithsonian, the New York Times, Runner’s World, AARP Bulletin and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. Hanc, who teaches journalism at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, NY, is the author of six previous books.
Jones Beach By John Hanc
978-0-7627-4024-6 • $24.95 • Hardcover • 7 1/8 x 9 • 224 pages
Globe Pequot Press