Book Review–The Jaws Log by Carl Gottlieb



This is the 11th book from my 115 in 2015 Reading Challenge.


17925700The Jaws Log by Carl Gottlieb
Published 1975 by Dell Publishing Co., Inc


Steven Soderbergh, Bryan Singer, Rod Lurie, John Landis, Steve Martin, and Rob Reiner are among the many filmmakers who concur, more than 30 years after its first publication, that The Jaws Log by screenwriter Carl Gottlieb deserves an enduring place as a “modern classic” on filmmakers and filmmaking.

The only book on how 26-year-old Steven Spielberg transformed Peter Benchley’s #1 bestselling novel into the phenomenal movie it became, Gottlieb’s chronicle of this extraordinary year-long adventure was first published in 1975, generating 17 printings and selling more than 2 million paperback copies. Long out of print, a new, expanded paperback edition was published in 2000 to mark the movie’s 25th Anniversary, featuring a 22-page behind-the-scenes photo album, a new afterword by Gottlieb updating readers on the fates of the filmmakers, and an introduction by Peter Benchley.



 I’m a Jaws fanatic and a huge shark fan. Needless to say, I was pretty stoked to finally get my hands on a copy of this book.

If you’re into film making, you’ll probably love it. I’ve always been intrigued by film making, so I enjoyed this even though I feel a good bit went over my head because the author tends to get technical. However, I did learn some new things and appreciate how difficult it was to create one of my favorite movies.

There’s some pretty neat facts about the movie in this book, some that I knew and others that I didn’t. I am sad that the tiger shark used was killed for the movie.

The photos are mostly disappointing–they are all in black and white and I was honestly expecting more than what was included.

Still, a very interesting read that kept my attention. Recommended for fans of sharks, Jaws, film making, and all of the above.






2 thoughts on “Book Review–The Jaws Log by Carl Gottlieb

  1. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while. I’m a huge Jaws fan, shark fan, and filmmaker and am finally going to get it. I see that an expanded edition is available. Which edition do you have? I’m not really buying it for the photos because I’m sure I’ve seen every one online already. Thanks!

    1. Same here! You know the 40th anniversary is coming up, right? And that the movie is going to be shown in some theaters? I’m very excited as I have never seen the movie on the big screen and have always wanted to!

      This is the version I have: Mass Market Paperback, 5th Printing edition (1975)
      Published 1975 by Dell Publishing Co., Inc

      So you might definitely want to check and see what the expanded edition has since this is a pretty old copy.

      I also really want to get my hands on these next: and

      Hope you enjoy the Jaws Log! 🙂

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