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A Burglars Guide to the City

Read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Î Geoff Manaugh

Encompassing nearly 2000 years of heists and tunnel jobs break ins and escapes A Burglar's Guide to the City offers an unexpected blueprint to the criminal possibilities in the world all around us You'll never see the city the same way againAt the core of A Burglar's Guide to the City is an unexpected and thrilling insight how any building transforms when seen through the eyes of someone hoping to break into it Studying architecture the way a burglar would Geoff I've been putting this off because there are two types of reviews that I like to write those where I loved the book and want to sing its praises and those where I really despised it and can't wait to tear it to pieces When a book is just mediocre I can't get up the energy to bother to say anythingI mean I pre ordered this book Don't even remember how I came across it but I read the blurb on At the core of A Burglar's Guide to the City is an unexpected and thrilling insight how any building transforms when seen through the eyes of someone hoping to break into it Studying architecture the way a burglar would Geoff Manaugh takes readers through walls down elevator shafts into panic rooms up to the buried vaults of banks and out across the rooftops of an unsuspecting city and I was like OH MAN I GOTS TO READ THATTechnically all those things were in there in much the same way that onion and pepper and other spices and some savory fat and uniue cuts of meat are in haggis and I have about as much attraction to the end product now that I know how it's put togetherhonestly I'm being too hard on haggis here I've never eaten it I would totally try itaaaaaanyway Manaugh's prose is slow and repetitive The book is small in dimensions but does stretch to 275 pages If you read it you'll be treated to passages likePerhaps the most interesting takeaway from my conversation with Toner was the implication that the fear of being burglarized while everyone was away from home at the chariot races helped to catalyze the growth of a metropolitan police forceso far so good Then Without all those uiet streets and empty homes to protect armed guards on specifically timed routine patrols would not have become such an urgent necessity then in urban historywhich is pretty much the same thing as the first section but okay fine Then continuing on toIt's as if the city itself and the behaviors and institutions through which it was regulated coalesced around the activities of criminals like irritating grains of sand around which an oyster gradually grows its pearls Burglary placed in the expanded context of thousands of years of urban development helped to catalyze a kind of evolutionary cat and mouse game through which cops and robbers inadvertently collaborated reacting to one another and shaping the legal fictional and literal dimensions of the built environmentThe whole book is built upon these overwrought redundanciesoh well Hey like with many books I could say that it's not really the book's fault It's my idea of what the book was going to be about that wasn't met I was expecting something fantastical an unstoppable wave of analyses of actual burglaries with diagrams and granular detail on the planning and euipment used and how the cops eventually caught them and I dunno There were a few of those in the book but they felt flaccid compared with what I imagined would be in there and they were surrounded by unending pages of discussion about the act of going through a wall instead of a door or what the legal definition of burglary is or anecdotes about riding in a police helicopter in LA and seeing old television film setsUltimately I thought I ordered skirt steak with chimichurri and a nice glass of red got lungs and hearts stuffed into a stomach and served with room temperature water instead

Review A Burglars Guide to the City

Manaugh takes readers through walls down elevator shafts into panic rooms up to the buried vaults of banks and out across the rooftops of an unsuspecting cityWith the help of FBI Special Agents reformed bank robbers private security consultants the LAPD Air Support Division and architects past and present the book dissects the built environment from both sides of the law Whether picking padlocks or climbing the walls of high rise apartments finding gaps in a mu This is a stunningly dull and repetitive book It has about one chapter's worth of information stretched and padded to over 200 pages The author will write a perfectly pleasant informative paragraph nicely summing up a topic Then he will follow up with three or four paragraphs restating the same ideas and sentiments At several points I laughed out loud at his literary acrobatics desperately re wrapping the same packages I finally gave up skimmed the rest and found of the same The author does give a few hints and glimpses of fascinating tales of heists but fails to deliver My old history teacher called this writing style glowing generalities It's almost like reading a collection of reviews and articles about the book instead of the book itself Very disappointed

Read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Î Geoff Manaugh

Seum's surveillance routine or discussing home invasions in ancient Rome A Burglar's Guide to the City has the tools the tales and the x ray vision you need to see architecture as nothing than an obstacle that can be outwitted and undercutFull of real life heists both spectacular and absurd A Burglar's Guide to the City ensures readers will never enter a bank again without imagining how to loot the vault or walk down the street without planning the perfect getaw The point repeated often through this book is that burglars do not use the architectural features of most buildings at they were intended Additional locks on the door are not much use if they can go through the wall the ceiling or the floor Chapters are spent discussing tunnels roof jobs and holing up within a Toys R Us The book begins and ends with George Leonidas Leslie an architect turned burglarExtraneously the author rode along in LAPD helicopters looking at street layouts but mostly gathering anecdotes Also contained here are non thorough discussions of what breaking and entering is and how laws vary state by state A large chapter is taken up with a discussion of amateur lock picking and the author's attempts to learn the skill which has little to do with the titleSeveral actual crimes are mentioned but none in thorough detail This book is better for it's bibliography

  • Paperback
  • 296
  • A Burglars Guide to the City
  • Geoff Manaugh
  • en
  • 02 June 2019
  • 9780374117269