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Defying Gravity : Land Divers, Roller Coasters, Gravity Bums, and the Human Obsession with Falling - Garrett Soden

Defying Gravity

Land Divers, Roller Coasters, Gravity Bums, and the Human Obsession with Falling

Paperback Published: 1st April 2005
ISBN: 9780393326567
Number Of Pages: 352

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Defying Gravity tells the astonishing story of how gravity pioneers transformed an ancient terror?he sensation of falling?nto the modern thrill that powers extreme sports, monstrous amusement rides, and a youth culture obsessed with "getting air." It's a hair-raising tour, with nineteenth-century parachutists plummeting to their deaths before thousands, British lords tumbling from Alpine peaks, Hollywood stuntmen dropping from biplanes to freight trains, drunken carousers outrunning police to make the world's first bungee jump, and X Games athletes such as stunt bike rider Mat Hoffman explaining their bone-breaking passion. Garrett Soden follows the evolutionary trail back to our acrobatic primate ancestors and delves deep into the psychology of sensation seekers. 12 illustrations. Originally published in hardcover under the title Falling.

"A provocative, well-researched book." -- Washington Post "Fun, informative, provocative and filled with enthusiasm." -- Publishers Weekly "A sharply observed exploration of the massive appeal of gravity feats." -- Booklist "Enthralling." -- National Geographic Adventure

ISBN: 9780393326567
ISBN-10: 039332656X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st April 2005
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 15.5  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1

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