Defying Gravity: Land Divers Roller Coasters Gravity Bums And The Human Obsession by Garrett SodenDefying Gravity: Land Divers Roller Coasters Gravity Bums And The Human Obsession by Garrett Soden

Defying Gravity: Land Divers Roller Coasters Gravity Bums And The Human Obsession

byGarrett Soden

Paperback | March 22, 2005

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Defying Gravity tells the astonishing story of how gravity pioneers transformed an ancient terror—the sensation of falling—into 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.  Originally published in hardcover under the title Falling.
Garrett Soden is the author of several books, including I Went to College for This? and Hook Spin Buzz. He lives in Pasadena, California.
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Title:Defying Gravity: Land Divers Roller Coasters Gravity Bums And The Human ObsessionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 6.25 × 0.91 inPublished:March 22, 2005Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:039332656X

ISBN - 13:9780393326567

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Editorial Reviews

A sharply observed exploration of the massive appeal of gravity feats. — Booklist

Enthralling. — National Geographic Adventure

Fun, informative, provocative and filled with enthusiasm. — Publishers Weekly

A provocative, well-researched book. — Washington Post