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A Burglar's Guide to the City by [Manaugh, Geoff]
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An Amazon Best Book of April 2016: Geoff Manaugh has written a caper of a book. On one hand, he presents a 2,000-year history of break-ins, heists, and break-outs--a litany of unlikely, bent geniuses and their extraordinary efforts in the service of subverting and outwitting security, their energy often exceeding the requirements of straight-world success. On another, Manaugh draws on the real-world experience and acumen of criminals and security experts alike--as well as his own esoteric architectural sensibility, as seen in his fantastic BLDGBLOG--analyzing structures from the perspectives of would-be breakers-and-enterers--those possessed of a sort of spatial disorder that prevents them from using architecture like the rest of us--and those who would keep them out. Unexpected and engrossing, A Burglar’s Guide to the City will change the way you look at buildings.--Jon Foro

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Praise for A Burglar's Guide to the City:
• "This is a marvelous wonder-room of a thing, an intricate, deeply researched, and brilliantly-written mad scientist’s tour of crime and how it’s bound to the world we've built. Revealing, spectacular and riveting." Warren Ellis, New York Times bestselling author of Gun Machine

• "Reading Geoff Manaugh is like donning night-vision goggles at the edge of a dark forest – you are suddenly aware of, and alive to, a world that was always there but occluded. A Burglar’s Guide to the City is a crackerjack intellectual caper." Tom Vanderbilt, New York Times bestselling author of You May Also Like and Traffic

• "Who knew urban studies could be so riveting? Manaugh excels at finding new, illicit, and fresh angles on a subject as loved as it is overexposed – the city. In his new book, elegant, perverse, sinuous supervillains maneuver and master the city like parkour champions. I see the TV series already." Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture & Design, Museum of Modern Art

• "This burglar's guide isn't for ordinary smash & grab burglars, it's for the rest of us – who like to steal in, steal out and get away with glorious dreams. A spectacularly fun read." Robert Krulwich, co-host, Radiolab

• "Murphy's Law – anything that can happen will happen – is especially true for architecture. Geoff Manaugh's liaisons with burglars and bank robbers reveal the unexplored niches and loopholes of our cities, and through the eyes of urban hackers we find new possibilities for reinterpreting the built environment. A Burglar’s Guide to the City shows that architecture is too important to leave to just the architects." Bjarke Ingels, architect, BIG

• "Manaugh turns the building world inside out in this fascinating view of the modern city as seen through the eyes of a potential burglar . . . Readers of this illuminating study will never look at the buildings and cities they live in the same way." Publishers Weekly

Praise for Geoff Manaugh's The BLDGBLOG Book:

 • "Geoff Manaugh has provided the reader with an excursion into a new world-part digital fantasy, part reality at the intersection of art, architecture, landscape design, and pure ideas. Like the blog, the book is personal, idiosyncratic, and, best of all, incredibly interesting." Errol Morris, director of Fast, Cheap & Out of Control and the Academy Award--winning documentary Fog of War

Product details

  • File Size: 693 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0374117268
  • Publisher: FSG Originals (April 5, 2016)
  • Publication Date: April 5, 2016
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00V35U0TM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,698 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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