Bird Dream: Adventures at the Extremes of Human Flight

By Matt Higgins

PEN / ESPN Award for Literary activities Writing (2015 LONGLIST)

“[P]erversely entertaining... In a very intoxicating learn that used to be not easy to place down, Matt Higgins has controlled to make actual a global approximately as a long way faraway from way of life because it gets.”
--Daily Beast

"Matt Higgins cracks open this astonishingly risky activity and captures the superb adrenaline surges it delivers."--The Wall highway Journal

"[R]iveting... a must-read. A highflying, electrifying tale of a treacherous activity within which each triumph is an eye fixed blink clear of turning into a disaster." --
Kirkus (STARRED)

A heart-stopping narrative of probability and braveness, Bird Dream tells the tale of the impressive women and men who pioneered the most recent advances in aerial exploration—from skydiving to BASE leaping to wingsuit flying—and made historical past with their daring.

via the tip of the 20th century BASE leaping was once the main risky of the entire severe activities, with thrill-seeking jumpers parachuting from bridges, mountains, radio towers, or even skyscrapers. regardless of various fatalities and criminal skirmishes, BASE jumpers like Jeb Corliss of California suggestion they'd came across the last word rush. yet all this replaced for Corliss in 1999, whilst, excessive within the mountains of northern Italy, he and different jumpers watched in ask yourself as a stranger—wearing a crafty new jumpsuit that includes “wings” among the hands and legs—leaped from a ledge after which truly flew from the vertiginous cliffs.

Drawing on intimate entry to Corliss and different best pilots from all over the world, Bird Dream tracks the evolution of the wingsuit flow throughout the better than lifestyles characters who, in an age of viral video, compelled the game onto the area degree. Their exploits—which entranced hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts alongside the way—defied mind's eye. They have been flying; in contrast to the Wright brothers, however the method we do in our dreams.

a few dared to dream of going extra but, to an afternoon whilst a wingsuit pilot could fly, and land, all with out a parachute. increasingly more wingsuit pilots started plotting ways that a individual may well jump from the sky and land. A part dozen teams worldwide have been devoted to this quest for a “wingsuit landing,” conjuring the pursuit of countries that when encouraged the race to first summit Everest.

Given his repute as a stuntman, the brash, publicity-hungry Corliss remained the preferred favourite to assert the 1st touchdown. but Bird Dream additionally tracks the trail of one other guy, Gary Connery—a forty-two-year-old Englishman—who used to be quietly plotting to overcome Corliss at his personal online game. followed via a world solid of wingsuit devotees—including a Finnish magician, a parachute tester from Brazil, an Australian computing device programmer, a gruff hang-gliding champion-turned-aeronautical engineer, a French skydiving champion, and a South African dress designer—Corliss and Connery raced to jump into the unknown, a competition that might result in triumph for one and approximately expense the opposite his life.

in accordance with 5 years of firsthand reporting and unique interviews, Bird Dream is the paintings of journalist Matt Higgins, who traveled the area along those impressive women and men as they jumped and flew in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. supplying a behind-the-scenes tackle probably the most striking and disastrous occasions of the wingsuit move, Higgins’s Bird Dream is a riveting, adrenaline-fueled event on the very fringe of human event.

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American Survival Guide (September 2014)

Within the American Survival consultant, you'll get every thing you must recognize whilst catastrophe moves and self-reliance ability the variation among residing and loss of life. American Survival advisor additionally features a large Buyer’s advisor with goods comparable to shelters, firearms, flashing, tents, knives, backpacks and masses extra!

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Wilderness Survival Handbook: Primitive Skills for Short-Term Survival and Long-Term Comfort

By Michael Pewtherer

An crucial consultant to every little thing you want to remain sheltered, fed, fit, and secure within the backcountry

Organized round the six necessities of survival (shelter, water, meals, hearth, convenience and future health, and navigation), Wilderness Survival Handbook covers a hundred talents and methods, together with conserving hearth, construction pit shelters, toolmaking, stoneboiling cookery, and trapping and looking animals with hand-crafted instruments and guns. by way of gaining knowledge of those abilities, it is possible for you to to outlive with few instruments or provisions in any wasteland setting--forest, undeniable, desolate tract, or tundra--in approximately any a part of the world.

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The Tao of Survival: Skills to Keep You Alive

By James Morgan Ayres

The Tao of Survival makes a speciality of real-world, middle survival talents which could retailer your lifestyles every time and anywhere, in any emergency scenario. It delves into primary suggestions that the majority survival books don’t disguise, together with how to house worry, constructing mind/body talents, and entirely enticing your senses to concentrate on your surroundings.

James Morgan Ayres has labored as a specialist for numerous united states executive organizations and personal companies, based 4 businesses, and lived and labored around the globe. He’s written seven books, taught seminars at the tao of survival and comparable matters, and has been a scholar and instructor of Asian idea, martial arts, therapeutic, and meditation for greater than 40 years. He at the moment lives in Southern California.

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Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life

By Neil Strauss

With an analogous sharp eye, quickly wit and narrative force that made "The online game" a bestseller, Neil Strauss takes us on a white-knuckle trip via America's middle of darkness as he scrambles to flee the procedure. because the fiscal downturn, carrying on with weather swap and the existing terrorist hazard turn out that the hazards dealing with our international loom better than ever, Strauss comes to a decision he is had sufficient. quickly he's investigating methods of having moment citizenship at the island of St. Kitts, preserving his resources offshore, and making associates with an elite crew of billionaires who're pondering the exact same factor. Strauss' thirst for survival turns into extra severe as he prepares for the top Of the area As we all know It. He trains with weapons, learns American Indian monitoring talents, hides caches of provides and acquires a unique forces motorbike to assist him 'bug out'. whilst The Shit Hits The Fan, this booklet may simply store your existence.

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Robopocalypse: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)

By Daniel H. Wilson

In this terrifying story of humanity’s determined stand opposed to a robotic rebellion, Daniel H. Wilson has written the main pleasing sci-fi mystery in years.
Not a long way into our destiny, the marvelous expertise that runs our international turns opposed to us. managed through a childlike—yet hugely powerful—artificial intelligence often called Archos, the worldwide community of machines on which our global has grown based by surprise turns into an implacable, lethal foe. At 0 Hour—the second the robots attack—the human race is sort of annihilated, yet as its scattered remnants regroup, humanity for the 1st time unites in a decided attempt to struggle again. this is often the oral heritage of that clash, informed via a global solid of survivors who skilled this lengthy and bloody war of words with the machines. Brilliantly conceived and amazingly specified, Robopocalypse is an action-packed epic with chilling implications concerning the actual know-how that surrounds us. 


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First Aid, Survival, and CPR: Home and Field Pocket Guide

By Shirley A. Jones

Be ready for first reduction care and survival in any setting-at domestic, at the highway, outside, whereas boating, mountain climbing, or camping out. From acting CPR on an grownup, baby, or youngster to facing bleeding and surprise, cuts and damaged bones, middle assaults, emergency childbirth, poisoning, drowning, scuba diving mishaps, desert survival, and normal failures similar to tornadoes, wildfires, floods, and earthquakes. This moveable, water-resistant consultant is helping you speedy locate the data you must increase a course of action for assessing and treating all types of first reduction and survival emergencies. a unique characteristic comprises puppy safeguard describing tips on how to gather a puppy first relief equipment, acting CPR on a puppy and cat, and holding pets secure in the course of normal mess ups. make a copy in your house, motor vehicle, boat, camper, or backpack and be "ready" whilst emergencies happen.

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Country Wisdom & Know-How

Reminiscent in either spirit and layout of the liked complete Earth Catalog, nation knowledge & be aware of -How is an unheard of selection of info on approximately 2 hundred person subject matters of nation and self-sustained living.

Compiled from the data in Storey Publishing's landmark sequence of "Country knowledge Bulletins," this publication is the main thorough and trustworthy quantity of its kind.

Organized through basic subject together with animals, cooking, crafts, gardening, well-being and wellbeing and fitness, and residential, it really is additional damaged all the way down to hide dozens of specifics from "Building bird Coops" to "Making Cheese, Butter, and Yogurt" to "Improving Your Soil" to "Restoring Hardwood Floors." approximately 1,000 black-and-white illustrations and pictures run all through and engaging tasks and relied on recommendation crowd each page.

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Survival Skills of the North American Indians

By Peter Goodchild

This finished evaluate of local American lifestyles talents covers gathering and getting ready plant meals and drugs; searching animals; growing and transporting hearth; and crafting instruments, defend, garments, utensils, and different units. step by step directions and one hundred forty five certain diagrams let the reader to copy local tools utilizing fabrics to be had in neighborhood habitats. a brand new foreword, creation, and index supplement the sensible info offered.

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