Jobs That Could Kill You: True Stories of People Risking Their Lives to Make a Buck

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Jobs That Could Kill You is a fascinating collection of candid and intimate conversations with forty-two men and women who describe in gripping detail how physical risk is a familiar companion in their working lives, and how they deal with it. In the oral history tradition of Studs Terkel, Jobs That Could Kill You will introduce you to:

- Antron Brown as he launches his top fuel drag racer from zero to over 300 miles an hour in less than four seconds. 

- Justin McBride talking about the guts it takes to...

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Overview

Jobs That Could Kill You is a fascinating collection of candid and intimate conversations with forty-two men and women who describe in gripping detail how physical risk is a familiar companion in their working lives, and how they deal with it. In the oral history tradition of Studs Terkel, Jobs That Could Kill You will introduce you to:

- Antron Brown as he launches his top fuel drag racer from zero to over 300 miles an hour in less than four seconds. 

- Justin McBride talking about the guts it takes to stay atop a raging 1,600-pound bull. 

- Jeff Gammons as he painfully remembers the terrifying screams of Hurricane Katrina drowning victims. 

- Cameron Begbie as he recalls fighting hand-to-hand against insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq. 

- Crab fisherman Matt Corriere, who describes the harrowing night when he was the sole survivor after the sinking of the fishing vessel Massacre Bay in icy Alaskan waters. 

- And dozens more!

Jobs That Could Kill You reveals who these daring people are, what they will endure for a paycheck, and how they feel about their jobs. They speak for themselves, in their own words.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616083199
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Jones worked for thirty years as a legislative director in the administrations of the last five California governors negotiating new laws and testifying before the state’s Senate Assembly. His first book, Working at the Ballpark, was published in 2008. He lives in Sacramento, California.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 3

Keith Lober: search-and-rescue ranger 9

James Irvin: mixed martial arts fighter 21

Rich King: federal marshal 31

Steven Frick: astronaut 41

Andy Casagrande: wildlife filmmaker 52

Rob Dick: bounty hunter 62

Jeremy Roenick: hockey player 72

Tredale Boudreaux: alligator trapper 77

Jim Dickerson: prison guard 85

Antron Brown: top fuel drag racer 95

Cameron Begbie: soldier 104

Melissa Steele: firefighter 117

Brad Jones: skydiving instructor 128

Jeff Gammons: storm chaser 137

Jeff Shiner: coal miner 148

Joaquin Perez: pizza delivery driver 156

Chris Moyer: commercial diver 165

Ula the Pain-Proof Rubber Girl: knife thrower's assistant 174

Bubba Blackwell: motorcycle daredevil 180

Tom Mullally: power lineman 190

Joel Helgevold: commercial fisherman 198

Katie Rowe: stuntwoman 204

Bobby Burrell: Nascar race engineer 216

Jeffrey Marsh: special effects pyrotechnic operator 226

Tyson Rininger: aviation photographer 235

Peter Yellowlees: psychiatrist 244

Justin McBride: bull rider 252

Kassim Osgood: football player 259

Vicenta Pages: tiger trainer 266

Joe Dean Thompson: oil well firefighter 273

Walter Diaz: high-rise window washer 280

Mike Baldwin: auto repossessor 288

Frank Weisser: Blue Angels pilot 298

R. E. "Sonny" Dunlap: special response team agent 307

John Kabakoff: cab driver 318

Jerry Hurley: timber cutter 327

Griff Witte: journalist 335

Jodie Williams: rescue swimmer 347

Joe Baumgartner: bullfighter 357

Rick Lee: ironworker 366

Gene Hamner: crop duster 374

Matt Corriere: crab fisherman 384

Acknowledgments 395

About the Author 397

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