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World's Most Dangerous Jobs [Kindle Edition]

Paula Reid , Bear Grylls
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When you’re stuck at your desk day after day, do you find yourself daydreaming about a glamorous occupation, such as a racing driver, an astronaut or a stunt double?

The adrenaline rush and prestige of these extreme jobs is one thing, but have you ever considered the practicalities?

This compelling book unravels the mysteries and exposes the pitfalls of the world’s most dangerous jobs, giving a fascinating insight into the working lives of those who regularly stare death in the face rather than the usual mounds of paperwork. With interviews and practical information about each job, such as skills required and a danger rating, you’ll be prepped and ready to live life on the edge!

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'Self-confessed professional daredevil Reid has created an unputdownable stocking-filler' People Management

About the Author

Paula Reid is the author of "7 Racing Rules" and "Boat to Boardroom." Bear Grylls is a British adventurer, writer, and television presenter best known for his television series "Man vs. Wild."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 502 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849532923
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers Ltd (1 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RZD07K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #623,680 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Will They Come Home Undamaged? 17 Aug. 2012
By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
Paula Reid has written a fascinating account, well-researched with a representative sampling of some of the compulsive, addictive sometimes vocational workers who, for best reasons explained but often unfathomable, choose or find themselves in occupations that make 'saner' people squeamish. This is not, by any means, to say that the subjects are deranged, merely atypical. Driven by the thrill and buzz, presumably hormonally energised, their drive and ambition is not just a matter of financial gain, although success often generates this. These are clearly articulated by the author.The 'occupations' are listed alphabetically. 'Astronaut to World motor-bike champions'. Death or glory.

We read of space-explorers, bomb disposal officers, fast-riders, whether ambulance, jockeys, or other members of the race-track fraternity. Ice-truckers, pilots, firefighters and armed forces, with accounts of their exploits and comparative salaries, adding to the book's interest and begging the question, 'Why'?

These are salaried jobs. I would have been interested by more in-depth analysis of the characters' histories and motivations, often putting their lives on the line for other people, their long-term reflections and psychological outcomes, effects on their friends and families. Perhaps more anecdotes of the numerous near-tragic events could have been included, many no doubt frightening and hair-raising, others probably humorous in retrospect. Danger ratings, where possible, are included.(Morbidity and mortality would be the most accurate).

Dangerous hobbies draw a comparison, mountain-climbing, pot-holing, ocean-boating to name a few.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift Book 27 July 2012
This would make a great gift book for Christmas - especially for those guys who are hard to buy for!

Containing a foreword by Bear Grylls and 21 chapters on COOL and DANGEROUS jobs including Astronaut, Red Arrows Pilot, Undercover Cop, Ice Road Trucker, Stuntman and F1 driver.

Hard back, easy to read, fascinating fact files, danger and extreme ratings and insightful stories into the worlds of extreme / danger / rescue / elite / unusual / cool jobs.

Please buy the book! You'll enjoy it and as it's author, I would love to see it hit the Christmas bestseller lists!


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5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely fascinating 7 Aug. 2012
Until reading this book, I thought that my career was full of excitement... Now, compared to the jobs that Paula Reid introduces us to, my life seems relatively humdrum and dull! This is a great book to pick up and read when you need to get some perspective in life. The real eye-opener for me was the chapter on the world of the solo around the world yachtshman. Now there's a job which forces you to come to terms with the elements amidst months of solitude and hard graft.

A fab book which would make a great gift. I originally bought it as a present for a mate but ended up buying a second copy as I couldn't let it go...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant easy read 6 Aug. 2012
What an amazing book written from each individuals perspective in their own words.
The book gets into the extreme worlds that these people live and work in, giving a true insight into what it is like to have an extreme and dangerous job.

Complete with danger and extreme facts, I just couldn't put it down. Lots of short and compelling chapters makes it a book you can just dip into whenever you have a spare few minutes or like me you find it draws you in and you want to know about the next job.

Excellent book I would highly recommend. Ideal gift.
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