World's Most Dangerous Jobs

Overview

Complete with a foreword by Bear Grylls, this book questions the real-life practicalities of these career paths

When you're stuck at your desk day after day, do you find yourself daydreaming about a glamorous occupation, such as a race car 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 ...

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Overview

Complete with a foreword by Bear Grylls, this book questions the real-life practicalities of these career paths

When you're stuck at your desk day after day, do you find yourself daydreaming about a glamorous occupation, such as a race car 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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Editorial Reviews

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"Students will enjoy piquing their curiosity with this book that describes the perks and risks of some unorthodox occupations. An affordable, entertaining read." —Library Journal
Library Journal
09/15/2013
The popularity of workplace-reality television series such as Ice Road Truckers and The Deadliest Catch serves as a reminder of the allure of real-life professions with an implied risk of danger. This new, first-person title offers a voyeuristic glimpse into the lives of 21 adrenaline junkies who enjoy hazardous occupations. Reid (Boat to Boardroom; 7 Racing Rules) covers jobs ranging from astronaut and avalanche controller to vulcanologist and superbike champion, featuring adventurers who share a bond of courage and resilience. While some careers may appear glamorous—the big-screen stuntman, the firefighter rescuing a child from a burning building—others, such as commercial fisherman, involve grueling work, foul weather, and low pay for little or no glory. In interviews, however, the fisherman expresses the excitement of the big haul, ice road truckers reveals the thrill of handling amazing machines, and the vulcanologist shares his passion for making discoveries. The interviews provide insight into living life on the edge, though some can be dull and lack sufficient detail. The careers are rated for their danger levels and include estimated salaries, with the latter making it apparent that many take on these roles for the excitement rather than the money. VERDICT Students will enjoy piquing their curiosity with this book that describes the perks and risks of some unorthodox occupations. An affordable, entertaining read for high school and public library career collections.—Bobbie Wrinkle, McCracken Cty. P.L., Paducah, KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849532921
  • Publisher: Summersdale
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,443,001
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet 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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