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Tower dog : life inside the deadliest job in America

Author: Douglas Scott Delaney
Publisher: New York, NY : Soft Skull Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What is the price of staying connected, of that phone in your hand or that watch on your wrist? Recent TV shows would have you believe that the most dangerous job in America is a crab fisherman, or maybe even an ice road trucker. But what U.S. Department of Labor unequivocally recognizes as truly the most dangerous job in America is a tower dog, the men who work on cell towers all across the country building the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Douglas Scott Delaney
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas Scott Delaney
ISBN: 9781619029385 1619029383
OCLC Number: 960834682
Description: xvii, 284 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Prologue: The Greeks had a word for it --
Death is a salesman --
Jungle Boy says belt up --
Terminal velocity --
The Mississippi rule --
Wheels over Indian trails --
Won't you try extra dry Rheingold beer? --
I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together --
The wheels on the bus come off, off, off --
Ding-dong, the bitch is dead --
Mom, I think I was in heaven tonight --
Kirk to Enterprise: Can you hear me now? --
I have charted a course to the vineyard --
A deceptively simple talent --
A little dose of Digger --
Oh, Nike, you're so fine --
We're lost but we're making good time --
It's rainin' men --
Barefoot in the parking lot --
They call the wind Pariah --
I am the greatest that ever was.
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What is the price of staying connected, of that phone in your hand or that watch on your wrist? Recent TV shows would have you believe that the most dangerous job in America is a crab fisherman, or maybe even an ice road trucker. But what U.S. Department of Labor unequivocally recognizes as truly the most dangerous job in America is a tower dog, the men who work on cell towers all across the country building the networks that keep us all connected. In Tower Dog: Life Inside the Deadliest Job in America, Doug Delaney, a tower dog for over fifteen years, draws readers into this dark and high stakes world that most don't even know exists, yet rely on every minute of every day. This risk-laden profession has been recently covered by NBC Dateline, Frontline, The Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, but none of these reports have provided an in-depth look at the rough and tumble sub-culture of workers throughout America who are risking their lives--and dying at such a high rate. These men have always been living on the edge of polite society; a fascinating mix of construction crews and thrill-seekers. Delaney is a brash and illuminating guide, and Tower Dog gives us the real experience of what its like for the workers balanced precariously above the clouds.

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