Built for Speed

Author: John McGuinness

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473550459

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 5642

Go on the ride of your life with the racing legend himself **with a thrilling NEW CHAPTER on John’s dramatic 2017 crash** ‘Then I was there myself, just another face in the crowd, watching the bikes fly by. The smells, the noise and the speed were all there for me to experience. It was like a massive injection in my head and it just blew my mind. I knew within seconds that I was going to be a TT racer. I didn’t know how or what I was going to have to do to achieve this, and my dad wasn’t going to be keen. Everyone around me was aware of the dangers, but from that moment I knew I had to do it.’ John McGuinness is one of the all-time giants of road racing, with a huge host of victories to his name. But his easy humour and down-to-earth attitude off the bike have always kept people guessing: what’s the truth about the man inside the helmet, that has kept him at the top of such a sport for over 20 years? His autobiography tells the whole story, from his humble beginnings in Morecambe and getting his first bike at the age of 3, to working as a bricklayer and cockle fisherman before deciding to follow his dream, and finally to his many victories in the most dangerous sporting event on the planet. He tells of what it takes to be a champion in such an exacting sport, and to keep winning even though all logic tells you to stop – and when so many of your fellow racers are paying the ultimate price for doing it. This thrilling autobiography gets into the head of the man who stares death in the face, and doesn’t even flinch.


Author: John A. Byers

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674029135

Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 467

North America's fastest mammal, the pronghorn can accelerate explosively from a standing start to a top speed of 60 miles per hour--but it can also cruise at 45 miles per hour for many miles. What accounts for the speed of this extraordinary animal, a denizen of the American outback, and what can be observed of this creature's way of life? And what is it like to be a field biologist dedicating twenty years to studying this species? In Built for Speed, John A. Byers answers these questions as he draws an intimate portrait of the most charismatic resident of the American Great Plains. The National Bison Range in western Montana, established in 1908 to snatch bison from the brink of extinction, also inadvertently rescued the largest known remnant of Palouse Prairie. It is within this grassland habitat--home to meadowlarks, rattlesnakes, bighorn sheep, coyotes, elk, snipe, and a panoply of wildflowers--that Byers observes the pronghorn's life from birth to death (a life often as brief as four days, sometimes as long as fifteen years) and from season to season. Readers will also experience the vicarious pleasures of a biologist who is eager to race a pronghorn in his truck, scrutinize bison dung through binoculars, and peer through the gathering dusk of a rainy evening to count the display dives of snipe. A vivid and memorable tale of a first-rate scientist's twenty-year encounter with a magnificent animal, the story of the pronghorn is also a reminder of the crucial role we can play in preserving the fleeting life of the native American grassland. Table of Contents: Preface 1. Anatomy of a Speedster 2. Spring and the Sounds of Snipe 3. First Field Season 4. The Adult Bullies 5. Milk Politics 6. Little Speedsters 7. Columns of Dust 8. Bachelor Workout 9. The Turning Year 10. Making Next Year's Fawns 11. After the Equinox 12. After the Solstice 13. The Floor of the Sky Notes Acknowledgments Index Table of Contents: Foreword by Rick Bass Preface 1. Anatomy of a Speedster 2. Spring and the Sounds of Snipe 3. First Field Season 4. The Adult Bullies 5. Milk Politics 6. Little Speedsters 7. Columns of Dust 8. Bachelor Workout 9. The Turning Year 10. Making Next Year's Fawns 11. After the Equinox 12. After the Solstice 13. The Floor of the Sky Notes Acknowledgments Index Reviews of this book: Byers, a biologist, has studied pronghorns on a refuge in western in Montana for more than 20 years, and this firsthand account of fieldwork in the high-plains grasslands evokes the wonder and beauty of the region as well as the mechanics of how to study such an alert and speedy animal. --Nancy Bent, Booklist John A. Byers is a field biologist who has spent almost a quarter of a century chasing pronghorn antelopes in Montana's National Bison Range. Byers observes his subjects with such patience that he can recognize individual faces the way most people recognize friends and family. He's read John James Audubon and John Muir, and, as he proves with stirring accounts of his experiences in big-sky country, he can spin a phrase with a skill worthy of those master wordsmiths. --Laurence A. Marschall, Natural History Reviews of this book: This is a swift, short take on a fascinating animal. --National Geographic Adventure Byers at all times writes with lucidity and warmth for the animal he has spent literally decades studying...Byers has called our attention to an often overlooked corner of creation: the shortgrass prairie. He urges us--through the strength of his prose and the sincerity of his passion--to conserve that very thing whose absence will be our confounding. --John A. Murray, Bloomsbury Review A Year in the Life of Pronghorn is natural history at its best, a first-person narrative by zoology professor John A. Byers, told with the grace and agility that have made these four-legged Shelby Cobras famous. --Dan R. Barber, Dallas Morning News Byers, professor of zoology at the University of Idaho, has spent 20 years closely observing pronghorn on the National Bison Range in Montana. His account of the animal's ways is thorough and fascinating. --Scientific American This is a book of natural history, rather than an ethological study of a single species, and it brings to mind Frank Fraser Darling's classic study of animal behaviour, A Herd of Red Deer, first published in 1937. In similar style, Byers writes simply and with sensitivity about the ways of life of the pronghorn, and he also brings in his observations and thoughts about the landscape of the prairie and its other inhabitants, from bison to grasshoppers. --Juliet Clutton-Brock, Times Literary Supplement [UK] After describing the basic anatomy of pronghorn, [Byers] details the social system of adult females and their offspring, the feeding and playing behavior of fawns, the behavior of males before and during the rut, and the behavior of males and females after the rut as they prepare for the long winter on the prairie. Throughout, Byers also includes his personal observations of other species that are associated with this region, including snipe, meadowlarks, bison, and elk. With its vivid descriptions of the prairie and the animals that inhabit it, this book is an entertaining read for all audiences. --E. H. Rave, Choice Although a biologist who is obsessed with his subject could spout facts and numbers for hours, Byers suppresses neither his highly poetic sensibility nor his boundless joy in the marvels of life. The result is a work of literature, as when he describes the song of meadowlarks as 'a low flood of burbling that spreads across the prairie like the sheet of light that fireflies make at grass tops after a thunderstorm.' But readers also gain a tremendous sense of pronghorns' lives, down to the tiniest details of how fawns survive. --David Lukas, Los Angeles Times John Byers's Built for Speed is the best modern natural history I know. His profound sense of place, welded to his tenacious observations of the behavior of long-lived individuals, and his knowledge of deep time have exposed the ghosts of predators past on pronghorn. Added pleasure comes from Byers's prose, which is sometimes as thrilling and amusing as watching pronghorn run. You won't find a more passionate exegesis of what it is to be a modern animal behaviorist anywhere. --Patricia Adair Gowaty, PhD, Professor of Ecology, University of Georgia John Byers's beautifully written account of his twenty-year study of pronghorn antelope was sheer pleasure to read. With the eye and empathy of the keenest naturalist, and the voice of a poet, Byers evokes the sights and sounds of the western prairie so vividly that I felt as if I was there in Montana beside him. This splendid book certainly made me want to be. --Sarah Hrdy, author of The Woman that Never Evolved Readers of this book will be transported by its engaging prose into three very different worlds. First, they will gain an appreciation for what fieldwork on large mammals is really like. Second, they will see how there is no substitute for long-term research on marked individuals to gain knowledge on large mammal ecology. Thirdly, they will see a prehistoric world where cheetahs chase pronghorns over the North American Plains, and will be invited to think about how those distant events may affect the biology of modern-day pronghorn. --Marco Festa-Bianchet, Professeur, Ecologie, Universite de Sherbrooke Listen to this serenade for American wild life sung by a biologist who has spend an unimaginable amount of time following his favorite animal, the pronghorn. With great love and humor, John Byers describes the ins and outs of this unassuming but remarkable animal's life while effortlessly educating us about ecology and evolution. --Frans de Waal, author of The Ape and the Sushi Master (BasicBooks, 2001).

Built for Speed

The Extraordinary, Enigmatic Cheetah

Author: Sharon Elaine Thompson

Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books

ISBN: 9780822528548

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 88

View: 5402

Describes the habitat, physical characteristics, and behavior of the cheetah, as well as efforts to ensure the continued existence of this fastest land mammal.

Disney Planes: Built For Speed

Author: Disney Planes

Publisher: SFI Readerlink Dist

ISBN: 9780794430009

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 24

View: 5217

Featuring Planes, this book comes with three foam press-out cards to build six 3-D planes that fly! The sheets are stored in the inside front pocket of the case. From high above the world of Cars flies Planes, Disney's upcoming animated action-packed comedic adventure starring Dusty, a big-hearted, fast-flying crop duster who dreams of competing in the most exhilarating around-the-world air race in history. There are only a couple of not-so-small problems—Dusty is not exactly built for racing and he also happens to be afraid of heights. Will Dusty ever live his dream? After reading the book, kids can build six foam models of Dusty and friends that really fly!

Built for Speed

The Ultimate Guide to Stock Car Racetracks: A Behind-the-Wheel View of the Winston Cup Circuit

Author: Bob Latford

Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers

ISBN: 9780762404414

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 160

View: 1891

A close-up look at more than twenty-five of the most important racetracks on the NASCAR Winston Cub Series circuit features more than two hundred full-color photographs and diagrams, as well as a discussion of the history, specifications, characteristics, and significance of Daytona, Pocono, Atlanta, and other great tracks.

The Mako Shark

Built for Speed

Author: Joanne Randolph

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 9781404236271

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

View: 3638

Describes the characteristics, behavior, diet, and life cycle of mako sharks.


Built for Speed

Author: Diane Bailey

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1477718583

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 615

Chronicles the history of the Japanese corporation; profiles different types of models, including information about their speed, performance, and appearance; and discusses motocross racing.

The World's Fastest Boats

Author: Nick Cook

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 9780736805698

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 2024

Discusses the history and development of some of the world's fastest boats, describing the specific features and specifications of such vessels as ice boats, catamarans, hydrofoils, and jetboats.

The World's Fastest Indy Cars

Author: Glen Bledsoe,Karen E. Bledsoe

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 9780736815017

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 2420

Discusses the history and development of the race cars that have been used at the Indianapolis World Speedway from the early 1900s to the present.

Supercars: Built for Speed

Author: Publications International

Publisher: Publications International, Limited

ISBN: 9781640302747


Page: 144

View: 7087

Built to Speed

Author: Jonathan Rutland,All-About Books

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780394892153

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

View: 5823

Examines speed in nature and man's attempts to achieve greater speed on land, water, and in air through the development of increasingly complex machines.

The World's Fastest Trains

Author: Terri Sievert

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 9780736810616

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 4149

Discusses the history and development of some of the world's fastest trains.

Good Housekeeping Fun Food Fast!

225 Built-for-Speed Dishes That Are Simply Delish

Author: Good Housekeeping

Publisher: Hearst Books

ISBN: 9781618371201

Category: Cooking

Page: 240

View: 8036

In need of food fast—but don't want fast food? These 250 fun, delicious dishes are built for speed, and cover every meal and more: up-and-at-'em breakfasts, flash bites and beverages, soups and salads, easy-to-make mains, side attractions, and sweet treats. Fuel up with Sunrise Toast, munch on Warm Spinach Dip, and dine on Steaks with Red Wine or Asparagus Risotto. Menu ideas throughout make planning simple!

The World's Wildest Roller Coasters

Author: Michael Burgan

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 9780736805711

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 9998

Describes different kinds of roller coasters, their history and how they opperate and gives examples of each type.

Joker's Joyride/Built for Speed (DC Super Friends)

Author: Dennis Shealy

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0307979563

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 382

Boys ages 3 to 7 will love the two DC Super Friends stories in this deluxe Pictureback. First uncover the cool secrets of Batman's Batmobile, Superman's Space Sled, and all the other fantastic vehicles the Super Friends use to bring in the bad guys. Then follow the action when the Joker steals the Batmobile and leads the Super Friends on a wild ride through Gotham City!

Built for Speed

Author: Lisa M. Herrington

Publisher: Children's Press

ISBN: 9780531233788

Category: Science

Page: 32

View: 9833

Readers will love catching up with the world's fastest animals--on land, in the water, and in the air--all in the pages of this book.

Built for Speed

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781743621400


Page: 20

View: 5246

Upper Primary FLUENCY guided reading books - digging deeper into guided reading and highlighting writers' techniques. Key Links Guided Reading titles are specifically written to grab the interest and attention of readers, providing them with rich teaching opportunities. The unique focus panels allow teachers and students to have in-depth discussions around what and how they read.

Patrick Nickell

built for speed : a sculpture survey

Author: Patrick Nickell,Julie Joyce,Luckman Gallery

Publisher: N.A


Category: Art

Page: 48

View: 1397

Stock Car

Author: Holly Cefrey

Publisher: Childrens Press

ISBN: 9780516232676

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 4103

Fast vehicles are cool, just ask any teen. Each ot these books focuses on speedy machines and how to get involved with them for recreation or competition.

Go Like Hell

Ford, Ferrari and their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans

Author: A J Baime

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446497461

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 8102

In the 1960s Enzo Ferrari emerged as the dominant force in sports cars in the world, creating speed machines that were unbeatable on the race track. In America, the Ford Motor Company was quickly losing ground as the pre-eminent brand. Henry Ford II saw a solution. He decided to declare war on Ferrari, to build a faster car than anything Ferrari had brought to the track, and to beat him at the world's biggest race, Le Mans. Ferrari was just as determined to see off this challenge from across the Atlantic. With practically no safety regulations in place in the European Grand Prix races, horrific accidents were routine, with both drivers and spectators killed in many races. The stakes were incredibly high, money and men were thrown at the competition, neither Ford or Ferrari would accept anything but victory. The battle to become the fastest in the world truly became a race to the death.