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The Age of Daredevils
The Age of Daredevils | Michael Clarkson
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At the dawn of the twentieth century, a small but determined band of barrel jumpers risked their lives in one of the world's most wondrous waterfalls. Only a few survived. By turns a family drama and an action-adventure story, The Age of Daredevils chronicles the lives of the men and women who devoted themselves to the extraordinary sport of jumping over Niagara Falls in a barrel--a death-defying gamble that proved a powerful temptation to a hardy few. Internationally known in the 1920s and '30s for their barrel-jumping exploits, the Hills were a father-son team of daredevils who also rescued dozens of misguided thrill seekers and accident victims who followed them into the river. The publicity surrounding the Hills' spectacular feats ushered in tourism, making Niagara Falls the nation's foremost honeymoon destination, but ultimately set Red Hill Jr. on a perilous path to surpass his father's extraordinary leaps into the void. Like the works of Jon Krakauer and David McCullough, The Age of Daredevils explores the primal force of fear and the thirst for adventure that drive humans to the brink of death to see if they can somehow escape.
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DivineDiana
The Age of Daredevils | Michael Clarkson
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Leaving tomorrow for a belated Anniversary Getaway to Niagara Falls! I am excited to finally see this natural wonder, and started this book to prepare! #roadtrip

MicheleinPhilly Happy Anniversary! 2mo
DivineDiana @MicheleinPhilly Thank you! ❤️ 2mo
Dolly Belated Happy Anniversary! Stay out of the barrels😆 2mo
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batsy Happy anniversary! Enjoy 💖 2mo
Melissa_J Enjoy! 2mo
Lindy Have a wonderful time! 2mo
DivineDiana @Dolly I‘ll try! 😂 2mo
wen4blu Enjoy! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks Happy anniversary (belated)!! 2mo
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Laughterhp
The Age of Daredevils | Michael Clarkson
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1. Haven‘t read this book. I have it on my kindle app. It‘s set in Niagara Falls. I really loved it there and Niagara on the Lake and would really like to go back to different parts of Canada.
2. 67°F is the high. Currently 58° ?
3. In college, met a guy, we went out to dinner, he brought his friend and then his card “didn‘t work”, so I paid for myself and his friend paid for him. ?
4. Dog ? , NO KIDS ??
5. ??

#friyayintro

Laughterhp Sorry for my aggressive response. I‘m at that point in my life when people continuously ask when we plan to have kids. And it‘s really annoying. You‘re not allowed to respond you don‘t want kids! 🙄 2mo
Eggs Your life, your choice. Those who matter, don‘t mind. Those who mind, don‘t matter 💗💗 2mo
TheLibrarian @Laughterhp I also hate when people ask me about having kids. Especially when I say never and they continue blabbing about how I‘ll change my mind or regret my decision. Kids aren‘t for everyone. 2mo
Laughterhp @TheLibrarian Yeah I get that from a lot of people too! I‘m glad I‘m not alone 2mo
Laughterhp @Eggs Thanks 💚💚 2mo
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Aseleener
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My #nonficpick for September. It's the history of people going over Niagara Falls, focusing mainly on one family in particular. It was really interesting. Fun fact I learned: One person who survived the plunge later died of the common cold, while another survivor later died after stepping on an orange peel! Isn't that crazy? 🍊 #nonfiction #audible #history

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tricours
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Mehso-so

I wasn‘t quite able to “connect” much with the people this book talk about, it was just a blur of names, and therefore the book ended up feeling a bit too long. And I really don‘t get daredevils. Really don‘t.

Sarah83 Did you post the book for our buddyread? 🤔 I didn't receive anything until now... 1y
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Echo
Age of Daredevils | Michael Clarkson
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This was a history lesson I didn't know I needed. Written beautifully, Clarkson paints a gorgeous picture of the Hill family and their love for Niagara Falls.
🚢🌊🎞

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Echo
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Can we all take a moment to appreciate that in the early 1900s, when freaking Niagara Falls froze over, people would just sashay onto the ice and walk from one country to another?
#WTF #seemsdangerous #badidea #daredevils

Megabooks Wow! And it's January and I'm wearing a t-shirt outside! 3y
Echo @Ebooksandcooks I can't wrap my head around it being that cold.... or wanting to walk across something that is considered deadly the rest of the year. This book is crazy fascinating and for a southerner gal like me this historical account seems like straight fantasy. ⛴❄️💦 3y
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Echo
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Some sage relationship advice from Annie Edison Taylor, the first person to ever successfully ride a barrel over Niagara Falls.

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Echo
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Mynameisacolour
Age of Daredevils | Michael Clarkson
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Decisions, Decisions! What is everyone choosing for kindle first this month?

[DELETED] 3517561138 I picked The Special Power of Restoring Lost Things but it was a tough choice. I wanted the Viking girl book until I saw it was the first of a series. I can't commit to yet another series that could keep me waiting years for resolution. 3y
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Jlee745
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I chose this for my Kindle First September book. I very rarely read nonfiction so I decided to be a daredevil and choose this one.