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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning photography. Takes 'exploded view' to new heights., May 20, 2013
This review is from: Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living (Hardcover)
If you have ever seen good exploded-view diagrams, the best of which are found usually in color visual dictionaries, you will be amazed by this book. These are not diagrams, they are color photographs of painstakingly disassembled iconic objects such as the iPad, the SLR camera (both a 1973 version and a 2012 DSLR), a Blackberry, a chainsaw, an early 1980s Walkman, a 1980s Raleigh 10-speed bike, an early Apple Macintosh (the cover photo), a 1960 blender, and much more.

The photographs of the disassembled objects, laid flat, are fascinating in themselves: often you cannot even tell what the object is from looking at an array of hundreds of parts. But the truly stunning photography is of the same objects actually "exploding" on the page: the author/photographer actually captured each part in mid-air, then combined all of these stills to make a VERY realistic photo of an early Macintosh computer, for example, exploding in mid-air. These are mind-blowing photographs - accomplished by what must have been an incredible amount of work.

The masterpiece of the book is an entire airplane, the Zenith CH-650, disassembled and displayed in a 3-page foldout.

There are 50 objects in all, each with the flat layout photo and the 'exploded' photo. The number of parts for each object is also included. At the back of the book there are four essays on topics related to the disassembly of objects. The great value of the book, however, is in its photography: nothing less than spectacular.
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