A Burglar's Guide to the City

Encompassing nearly 2,000 years of heists and tunnel jobs, break-ins and escapes, A Burglar 's Guide to the ity offers an unexpected blueprint to the criminal possibilities in the world all around us. You 'll never see the city the same ay again.

At the core of A Burglar 's Guide to the ity is an unexpected and thrilling insight: how any building transforms when seen through the ey 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 elp 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 aw. 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 ity has the tools, the ales, and the x-ray vision you need to see architecture as nothing les than an obstacle that can be outwitted and undercut.

Full of real-life heists-both spectacular and absurd- A Burglar 's Guide to the ity 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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Published April 5th 2016 by Fsg Originals (first published March 17th 2015
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gave it

A large chapter is taken up with a discussion of amateur lock picking and the writer 's ttempts to learn the skill- which has little to do with the title.Several actual crimes are mentioned, but none in thorough detail.

gave it

The write will write a perfectly pleasant, informative paragraph, nicely summing up a topic.

gave it

I really wanted to give this novel a lowe rating.

gave it

As a card-carrying nerd, I would have appreciated a bit more information on the background and origins of the weird spaces and architectural loopholes burglars exploit: the history of drywall construction, for instance, or how and why tunnel systems are created and how and why they can be forgotten.

gave it

Then why include this information at all? When actual crimes are mentioned, they are given brief space and left me wanting more details.

gave it

It was packed full of interesting information, albeit in a very disorganized manner, and various explorations into the means, tools, and min of burglars.

Manaugh not only explores the art of burglary but the architectural structures with all of their vulnerabilities that they burglarize.

Such means may include studying a city 's fire building codes which can allow for the precise knowledge of how many apartments exist per floor, the distance to the nearest exit, how large each apartment is ( the larger would infer more expensive loot) and which doors would set off fire alarms.

I did find it very interesting that Manaugh explained the accessibility of all of the information and tools needed to pull off a successful burglary.

Manaugh really brings us into the minds of the thie, providing us with insights into what type of thinking would go into the architectural landscape and the skills required.

You have to think in a fundamentally different spatial way about the city laid out below, including how neighbourhoods are actually connected and what the most efficient routes might be between them.

This memoi gives accounts of interesting historical heists, the technical jargon of a burglar 's repertoire and a nuance look at a whole subculture of criminality and how it relates to our urban and architectural environment.

I would say that this is a well-written, accessible and very entertaining look into not only the eye-opening sophistication behind burglary but also how the urban environment spawns such crimes and at what hilarious lengths people will go to for a bit of extra cash or a Rolex.

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