A Burglar s Guide to the City Book
Score: 3
From 10 Ratings

A Burglar s Guide to the City


  • Author : Geoff Manaugh
  • Publisher : FSG Originals
  • Release Date : 2016-04-05
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780374710286

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A Burglar s Guide to the City Excerpt :

Encompassing nearly 2,000 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 again. 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. With the help of FBI Special Agents, reformed bank robbers, private security consultants, the L.A.P.D. 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 museum'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 more than an obstacle that can be outwitted and undercut. Full 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 getaway.

A Burglar s Guide to the City Book
Score: 3
From 10 Ratings

A Burglar s Guide to the City


  • Author : Geoff Manaugh
  • Publisher : Signal
  • Release Date : 2016-04-19
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780771059148

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A Burglar s Guide to the City Excerpt :

Encompassing nearly 2,000 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 again. 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. With 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 museum'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 more than an obstacle that can be outwitted and undercut. Full of real-life heists--both spectacular and absurd--A Burglar's Guide to the City ensures that readers will never enter a bank again without imagining how to loot the vault or walk down the street without planning the perfect getaway.

A Burglar s Guide to the City Book
Score: 3
From 10 Ratings

A Burglar s Guide to the City


  • Author : Geoff Manaugh
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2016-04-05
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 305
  • ISBN 10 : 9780374117269

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A Burglar s Guide to the City Excerpt :

The city seen from a unique point of view: those who want to break in and loot its treasures At the heart of Geoff Manaugh's A Burglar's Guide to the City is an unexpected and thrilling insight: the city as seen through the eyes of robbers. From experts on both sides of the law, readers learn to understand the city as an arena of possible tunnels and picked locks—and architecture itself as an obstacle to be outwitted and second-guessed. Never again will readers enter a bank without imagining the vault geometry, or visit a museum without plotting ways to bring their favorite painting home with them. From how to pick locks (and the tools required) to how to case a bank on the edge of town, readers will learn to spot the vulnerabilities, blind spots, and unseen openings that surround us all the time. This simultaneously allows us to view the city—from specific buildings and individual rooms to whole neighborhoods—through the privileged eyes of FBI investigating agents and security consultants, people dedicated both to solving and to preempting these attempts at devious entry. Full of absurd and marvelous stories of heists and capers, and offering a kind of criminal X-ray of the built environment, A Burglar's Guide to the City includes its own twist: the realization, hidden in its final chapter, that all along the book has been laying out the relevant details for plotting the perfect robbery, an ambitious and real proposal for robbing a bank in New York City.

King of Heists Book

King of Heists


  • Author : J. North Conway
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2010-09-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780762766802

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King of Heists is a spellbinding and unprecedented account of the greatest bank robbery in American history, which took place on October 27, 1878, when thieves broke into the Manhattan Savings Institution and stole nearly $3 million in cash and securities—around $50 million in today's terms. Bringing the notorious Gilded Age to life in a thrilling narrative, J. North Conway tells the story of those who plotted and carried out this infamous robbery, how they did it, and how they were tracked down and captured. The robbery was planned to the minutest detail by criminal mastermind George Leonidas Leslie—a society architect and ladies' man whose double life as the nation's most prolific bank robber led him to be dubbed the “King of the Bank Robbers.” The New York Times proclaimed the 1878 heist “the most sensational in the history of bank robberies in this country.” An absorbing tale of greed, sex, crime, betrayal, and murder, King of Heists blends all the richness of history with the thrills of the best fiction.

The Good Thief s Guide to Venice Book
Score: 3
From 5 Ratings

The Good Thief s Guide to Venice


  • Author : Chris Ewan
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2011-08-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429972734

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The Good Thief s Guide to Venice Excerpt :

Charlie, a gentleman thief to rival Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief, gallivants around Venice in The Good Thief's Guide to Venice--the next caper in Chris Ewan's sparkling series. After a particularly bad streak of luck in Vegas, Charlie has retreated to Venice, having vowed to give up a life of crime to write crime fiction full-time. But inspiration has yet to strike. And to make matters worse, Charlie's agent Victoria shows up at his door just as his prized first edition of The Maltese Falcon flies out the window with a femme-fatale burglar. Blackmailed into committing a dastardly crime in order to get his book back, Charlie is catapulted into yet another adventure, this one even more explosive than the last.

The Burglar Book
Score: 3.5
From 17 Ratings

The Burglar


  • Author : Thomas Perry
  • Publisher : Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • Release Date : 2019-01-08
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802146793

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A cunning thief is on the run for her life in a breakneck thriller from the New York Times–bestselling “master of nail-biting suspense” (Los Angeles Times). Elle Stowell is a young woman with an unconventional profession: burglary. But Elle is no petty thief—with just the right combination of smarts, looks, and skills, she can easily stroll through ritzy Bel Air neighborhoods and pick out the perfect home for plucking the most valuable items. This is how Elle has always gotten by—she is good at it, and she thrives on the thrill. But after stumbling upon a grisly triple homicide while stealing from the home of a wealthy art dealer, Elle discovers that she is no longer the only one sneaking around. Somebody is searching for her. As Elle realizes that her knowledge of the high-profile murder has made her a target, she races to solve the case before becoming the next casualty, using her breaking-and-entering skills to uncover the truth about exactly who the victims were and why someone might have wanted them dead. With high-stakes action and shocking revelations, The Burglar will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they barrel towards the heart-racing conclusion. “The fact is, there are probably only half a dozen suspense writers now alive who can be depended upon to deliver high voltage shocks . . . Thomas Perry is one of them.” —Stephen King

Access All Areas Book

Access All Areas


  • Author : Ninjalicious
  • Publisher : Coach House Books
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 242
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015076830978

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Ever wonder what lies beyond the doors, fences and ladders you pass every day? A hidden world of mystery, beauty and free fun awaits the curious who choose to seek adventure off the beaten path - without even leaving their own city. Access All Areas takes you behind the scenes to little-known urban spaces like utility tunnels, rooftops, abandoned buildings, construction sites and storm drains, unveiling the possibilities - and perils - of the world of urban exploration.

The Thief Lord Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Thief Lord


  • Author : Cornelia Funke
  • Publisher : Chicken House
  • Release Date : 2013-10-03
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781909489158

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Amid the crumbling splendour of wintertime Venice, two orphans are on the run. The mysterious Thief Lord offers shelter, but a terrible danger is gathering force...

Burglars in Blue Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Burglars in Blue


  • Author : Art Winstanley
  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Release Date : 2009-02-23
  • Genre: Family & Relationships
  • Pages : 316
  • ISBN 10 : 9781438930695

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Burglars in Blue Excerpt :

This book is the true story of my involvement in the Denver Police scandal of the early 1960's. I was the first policeman arrested and the first to be sent to the Colorado State Penitentiary in Canon City in the largest case of police corruption in U.S history. Going to prison after being a cop is the most terrifying nightmare from hell you can imagine. This is an easy to read authentic account of my trying to survive in prison and my success in turning my life around. This is an easy to read authentic account of my trying to survive in prison and my success in turning my life around. This is a powerful story with laughter and tears that everyone can enjoy. It has taken me many years to be able to face the facts of what really happened and to honestly describe my actions of being a "Burglar in Blue."

The Good Thief s Guide to Amsterdam Book
Score: 3.5
From 25 Ratings

The Good Thief s Guide to Amsterdam


  • Author : Chris Ewan
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2009-10-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 217
  • ISBN 10 : 9781849830492

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The Good Thief s Guide to Amsterdam Excerpt :

Charlie Howard doesn't just write books about a career thief, he also happens to be one. In Amsterdam working on his latest novel, Charlie is approached by a mysterious American who asks him to steal two apparently worthless monkey figurines from two separate addresses on the same night. At first he says no. Then he changes his mind. Only later, kidnapped and bound to a chair, the American very dead and a spell in police custody behind him, does Charlie begin to realise how costly a mistake he might have made. The police think he killed the American. Others think he knows the whereabouts of the elusive third monkey. But for Charlie only three things matter: Can he clear his name? Can he get away with the haul of a lifetime? And, can he solve the briefcase-shaped plot-hole in his latest novel?

Queen of the Burglars Book

Queen of the Burglars


  • Author : Shayne Davidson
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2020-07-27
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 227
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476682549

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Born in the mid-nineteenth century, Sophie Lyons was a master thief, con artist, blackmailer and smuggler. Much of her success as a criminal was due to the fact that she was fearless, reckless, sharp and cunning--everything a woman of her time was not supposed to be. As a young child, Sophie's parents forced her to steal when she showed a talent for pickpocketing. Strong-willed and smart, she blossomed into a beautiful teenager who caught the eye of many men in the underworld of New York City. By the time Sophie reached her late teens she was married to her second husband--a notorious bank burglar named Ned Lyons--and was a professional criminal in her own right. Despite her prominent place in crime history, Sophie Lyons has never been the subject of a full-length biography. This book chronicles Sophie's fascinating and tragic life, from her beginnings as a criminal prodigy, through her ingenious escape from Sing Sing prison and her lifelong struggle with mental illness.

Gentleman Thief Book

Gentleman Thief


  • Author : Peter Scott
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1995
  • Genre: Burglars
  • Pages : 393
  • ISBN 10 : 0002555654

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Batman Book

Batman


  • Author : Chip Kidd
  • Publisher : Titan Publishing Company
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Batman (Fictitious character)
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN 10 : 1781163561

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Gotham City is undergoing one of the most expansive construction booms in its history. The most prestigious architects from across the globe have buildings in various phases of completion all over town. As chairman of the Gotham Landmarks Commission, Bruce Wayne has been a key part of this boom, which signals a golden age of architectural ingenuity for the city. And then, the explosions begin. All manner of design-related malfunctions--faulty crane calculations, sturdy materials suddently collapsing, software glitches, walkways giving way and much more--cause casualties across the city. This bizarre string of seemingly random, unconnected catastrophes threaten to bring the whole construction industry down. Fingers are pointed as Batman must somehow solve the problem and find whoever is behind it all.--From Amazon.

Everything Now Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Everything Now


  • Author : Rosecrans Baldwin
  • Publisher : MCD
  • Release Date : 2021-06-15
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780374721077

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A LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER. NAMED A BEST CALIFORNIA BOOKS OF 2021 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES A provocative, exhilaratingly new understanding of the United States’ most confounding metropolis—not just a great city, but a full-blown modern city-state America is obsessed with Los Angeles. And America has been thinking about Los Angeles all wrong, for decades, on repeat. Los Angeles is not just the place where the American dream hits the Pacific. (It has its own dreams.) Not just the vanishing point of America’s western drive. (It has its own compass.) Functionally, aesthetically, mythologically, even technologically, an independent territory, defined less by distinct borders than by an aura of autonomy and a sense of unfurling destiny—this is the city-state of Los Angeles. Deeply reported and researched, provocatively argued, and eloquently written, Rosecrans Baldwin's Everything Now approaches the metropolis from unexpected angles, nimbly interleaving his own voice with a chorus of others, from canonical L.A. literature to everyday citizens. Here, Octavia E. Butler and Joan Didion are in conversation with activists and astronauts, vampires and veterans. Baldwin records the stories of countless Angelenos, discovering people both upended and reborn: by disasters natural and economic, following gospels of wealth or self-help or personal destiny. The result is a story of a kaleidoscopic, vibrant nation unto itself—vastly more than its many, many parts. Baldwin’s concept of the city-state allows us, finally, to grasp a place—Los Angeles—whose idiosyncrasies both magnify those of America, and are so fully its own. Here, space and time don’t quite work the same as they do elsewhere, and contradictions are as stark as southern California’s natural environment. Perhaps no better place exists to watch the United States’s past, and its possible futures, play themselves out. Welcome to Los Angeles, the Great American City-State.

Until Proven Safe Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Until Proven Safe


  • Author : Nicola Twilley
  • Publisher : MCD
  • Release Date : 2021-07-20
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 211
  • ISBN 10 : 9780374715335

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Until Proven Safe Excerpt :

Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley have been researching quarantine since long before the COVID-19 pandemic. With Until Proven Safe, they bring us a book as compelling as it is definitive, not only urgent reading for social-distanced times but also an up-to-the-minute investigation of the interplay of forces–––biological, political, technological––that shape our modern world. Quarantine is our most powerful response to uncertainty: it means waiting to see if something hidden inside us will be revealed. It is also one of our most dangerous, operating through an assumption of guilt. In quarantine, we are considered infectious until proven safe. Until Proven Safe tracks the history and future of quarantine around the globe, chasing the story of emergency isolation through time and space—from the crumbling lazarettos of the Mediterranean, built to contain the Black Death, to an experimental Ebola unit in London, and from the hallways of the CDC to closed-door simulations where pharmaceutical execs and epidemiologists prepare for the outbreak of a novel coronavirus. But the story of quarantine ranges far beyond the history of medical isolation. In Until Proven Safe, the authors tour a nuclear-waste isolation facility beneath the New Mexican desert, see plants stricken with a disease that threatens the world’s wheat supply, and meet NASA’s Planetary Protection Officer, tasked with saving Earth from extraterrestrial infections. They also introduce us to the corporate tech giants hoping to revolutionize quarantine through surveillance and algorithmic prediction. We live in a disorienting historical moment that can feel both unprecedented and inevitable; Until Proven Safe helps us make sense of our new reality through a thrillingly reported, thought-provoking exploration of the meaning of freedom, governance, and mutual responsibility.