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Jones Beach
An Illustrated History

Paperback Edition, $16.85

A delightful book which tells the story of the beach from the 18th century to the present, and features 123 archival photographs.

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"`Jones Beach' is a must-have for
true Long Islanders—local history at its finest."
--Pulse Magazine

Click to read the Jones Beach story at
online edition of Forbes' American Heritage

It's not too early to spend a day at the beach. Just pick up a copy of "Jones Beach" by John Hanc (Globe Pequot Press, $24.95), a journalism
professor at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury. Hanc has put together a rich history of the weekend getaway that New Yorkers have both loved and hated for generations. The book offers first and foremost an incredible collection of photos from the beach's heyday, courtesy of historical archives
(like the West Bathhouse in 1936). It also explores
how Robert Moses developed the sand strip as a destination for the "teeming masses," and how entertainer Guy Lombardo revived it with the Jones Beach
Theater and other enterprises. Hanc misses no detail, from the prices for locker rentals in the 1930s to the current demographics of the lifeguards (only 38 of the 252 are women, he says). Available at www.globepequot.com

--New York Daily News, April 18, 2007

"Required summer reading"
--Erin Harrington, Long Island Magazine,

John Hanc's Jones Beach: An Illustrated History is a 202-page hardcover book for $24.95 (Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 2007).
Lavishly illustrated, primarily with vintage black and white photographs from the Long Island Regional Archive of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, this very readable account is by a writer who specializes in active outdoor sports, fitness, and history. An
Associate Professor of Journalism at New York Institute of Technology, Hanc is a frequent contributor to Newsday. He covers the history of the park including accounts of Pirate Thomas Jones, High Hill Beach, Robert Moses and the construction of Jones Beach, Guy Lombardo, life savers and life guards, and memories of the beach. Jones Beach is available at local Borders and Barnes & Noble stores, as well as from Amazon.com
--Long Island Press, May, 2007

* The number of the union representing the Jones Beach lifeguards is erroneously listed in the book as Local 361 of the Building Services Employee International Union. It's actually #381. Also, the lifeguards union was organized not in 1965, but in 1963.

*At the time of the release of the release of the 1949 film “The Girl from Jones Beach,” co-star Ronald Reagan was 38, not 39 years old.

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