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A Burglar's Guide to the City (originale 2016; edizione 2016)

di Geoff Manaugh (Autore)

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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.… (altro)
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Titolo:A Burglar's Guide to the City
Autori:Geoff Manaugh (Autore)
Info:FSG Originals (2016), 304 pages
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I'm a little staggered this was published in 2016 -- its gentle, credulous defense of surveillance seems pre-Snowden. Its discussion of police and security forces is also bizarre. I'm not asking for a book on crime and architecture to go full 1312 over here, but its obsequious, deferential treatment of law enforcement (members of which are 80% of Manaugh's primary sources for this slight and meandering book) gets boring. Parts of it seem as transparently paranoia-baiting as evening news segments ("is YOUR HOUSE a likely target for burglary?"), and then it has the nerve to end with a condemnation of burglary (Manaugh seems convinced that his book has romanticized burglars, somehow.) There's interesting stuff here, but the book is essentially several vaguely related journalistic profiles stitched together by quotes taken from other, more interesting books.

Also, this is a petty thing, but Manaugh has an odd prose tic where he loves to begin sentences with some imperative to consider or recall or remember or think of. "Think of the burglar who..." "Consider a panic room which..." "Consider the Roofman..." It wears thin, especially given that this is such a quick read.
  autoclave | Oct 4, 2021 |
Cute, light, poorly organized look at fun topics around crime, geography, urban planning, architecture, etc. Quick read, basically a couple of interesting long-form magazine articles put together. ( )
  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
Just fair. I was really looking forward to reading this after stumbling across a few of Manaugh's essays online about crime and architecture, but this is far too scattershot and "pop crime" - I had hoped for more substance, more thought about what all of this means beyond a few simplistic conclusions. Interesting in parts, but nothing earth-shattering. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
A book about burglars and what obstacles they come up against and about thwarting their attempts. With some editing this could be a good book but as it is now it's infuriatingly verbose with whole paragraphs containing no information just a repetitive restatement and further strained analogies of the book's main idea. If you stripped all the pointless flourishes (isn't this supposed to be a factual book?) you'd end with a book half the size and twice as good. ( )
  Paul_S | Dec 23, 2020 |
Had a few interesting sections but overall nothing special. The overall theme of the book was to think about architecture not in terms of how normal people use a building, but in terms of how the uninvited — the burglars — uses it. As a conceit, it's not bad, but I feel like it would have made a stronger magazine article than a full book. Also, this is another example of a nonfiction book where the author writing in first person took away from the finished product for me. Every time the author talked about how HE was interviewing so-and-so or had traveled to such-and-such a city, it took me out of the story a little.

Again, this wasn't an unenjoyable read, but I probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone who didn't already have an interest in architecture. ( )
  dhmontgomery | Dec 13, 2020 |
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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.

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