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Defying Gravity: Land Divers, Roller Coasters, Gravity Bums, and the Human Obsession with Falling Paperback – 17 May 2005


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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (17 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039332656X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393326567
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.5 x 20.8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,166,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A provocative, well-researched book.

Enthralling.

Fun, informative, provocative and filled with enthusiasm.

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

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In Defying Gravity, Garrett Soden tells the astonishing story of how taking a fall has evolved from an experience that the ancients used as a metaphor for damnation to one so prized that today millions crave its intense rush. Soden details the extraordinary impact falling has had on human evolution, culture, mythology, religion and language. He reveals why falling is a universal metaphor for failure: why some people love falling and others hate it and what this says about our tastes in food, music, politics, religion and sex.

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