The Escape Artists : True Stories of People Who Turned Their Obsessions Into Professions

Author(s): Joshua Piven

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What do a stand-up comedian, an extreme skier, a Navy SEAL, a minor league pitcher, a wilderness doctor, and a circus clown have in common? They are Escape Artists! For nine years, "New York Times" bestselling author Joshua Piven has been tracking down and interviewing alligator wrestlers, race car drivers, giant octopus hunters, animal trackers, and treasure hunters. What drives these escape artists to make job choices that are extraordinary, dangerous, or just plain wacky? They don't "drop out"; they embrace self-fulfillment and personal freedom as they craft a life on the road less traveled-and show all of us how to pursue our own dreams...if we dare. By following their journeys, you'll learn how you might be able to become an escape artist yourself-and leave the cubicle behind. You'll see how these intrepid adventurers avoided the trap of a job they hated; navigated the issues of money, security, and safety nets; and knew when to make the crucial leap to a better and more enjoyable career. First published 2007. Piven is an author with a proven track record; his "Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbooks" have sold more than 1 million copies. Fascinating, inspiring, and instructional stories for everyone who dreams of escaping the everyday in a dangerous, exciting, or bizarre job. Piven is well known to viewers of "Today,""Montel,""The View,""Dateline NBC,""20/20,""Geraldo," and all of the major news channels.


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This New York Times bestseller is a fascinating look at a range of people who have defied the odds and made a career out of their passion. Broken up into essays, this is an easy book to dip in-and-out of, whenever you feel like an interesting read.

Elisa, Book Grocer


Joshua Piven is the author of 15 books, including the globally bestselling The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series and As Luck Would Have It. He has appeared on The "Today" Show, "20/20," and the BBC.

General Fields

  • : 9780071479264
  • : April 2007
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Joshua Piven
  • : Paperback
  • : 288