Built for Speed

The Extraordinary, Enigmatic Cheetah

Author: Sharon Elaine Thompson

Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books

ISBN: 9780822528548

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 88

View: 2022

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

Built for Speed

Author: John McGuinness

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473550459

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 5946

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: 576

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 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: 2074

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: 3519

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

Supercars: Built for Speed

Author: Publications International

Publisher: Publications International, Limited

ISBN: 9781640302747


Page: 144

View: 5963



Built for Speed

Author: Diane Bailey

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1477718583

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 8134

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

Built for Speed

Author: Lisa M. Herrington

Publisher: Children's Press

ISBN: 9780531230893

Category: Science

Page: 32

View: 6788

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: 7594

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.

Disney Planes: Built For Speed

Author: Disney Planes

Publisher: SFI Readerlink Dist

ISBN: 9780794430009

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 24

View: 9764

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!

Roads Were Not Built for Cars

How cyclists were the first to push for good roads & became the pioneers of motoring

Author: Carlton Reid

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1610916883

Category: Architecture

Page: 376

View: 8285

Cyclists were written out of highway history in the 1920s and 1930s by the all-powerful motor lobby: Roads Were Not Built For Cars tells the real story, putting cyclists center stage again. Not that the book is only about cyclists. It will also contains lots of automotive history because many automobile pioneers were cyclists before becoming motorists. A surprising number of the first car manufacturers were also cyclists, including Henry Ford. Some carried on cycling right through until the 1940s. One famous motor manufacturing pioneer was a racing tricycle rider to his dying day.

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: 451

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!

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: 7189

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!

Rossi - Die Legende

Author: Michel Turco

Publisher: Stiebner Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3767920549

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 176

View: 3301

20 Jahre Karriere, die Popularität eines Rockstars, neun Weltmeistertitel und ein bis heute ungebrochener Hunger auf weitere Siege. Valentino Rossi, Ikone des Motorrad-Grand-Prix, zählt inzwischen zu den größten Legenden in der Welt des Sports. In »Rossi - Die Legende« zeichnet Michel Turco die Karriere des »Doktors« (Rossi trägt zahlreiche Spitznamen, darunter »The Doctor «) von ihren Anfängen bis heute nach und beschreibt den unglaublichen Weg eines Rennpiloten, der sich von nichts und niemandem aufhalten lässt.

Mad for Speed

The Racing Life of Joan Newton Cuneo

Author: Elsa A. Nystrom

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476602719

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 232

View: 4023

This book covers Joan Newton Cuneo’s life, and her roles (from 1905 to 1915) as the premier female racer in the United States and spokeswoman for women drivers and good roads. Beginning with her family history and marriage to Andrew Cuneo, it traces her life in New York society, the birth of her children, and Joan’s growing interest in automobile touring and racing and partnership with Louis Disbrow, her racing mechanic. The book covers Joan’s experiences in three Glidden Tours, including her notes on the 1907 tour, her first races, and her rivals. It also looks at the growth and change of automobile culture and the battles for control of racing among the American Automobile Association, the Automobile Club of America, and the American Automobile Manufacturers Association—which ended in banishing women racers shortly after Joan’s greatest racing victories at New Orleans (in 1909). The book then follows Joan’s attempts to continue racing, the end of her marriage, her move to the Upper Peninsula, and her remarriage and death. The book also includes a chapter on her female rivals in racing and touring.

The Quest for Speed


Author: Lisa Greathouse

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

ISBN: 9781433303050

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 8214

The need for speed is the motivating factor in this engaging book. Readers learn the history of travel from the very slow to the supersonic and beyond, including everything in between. They learn and discover the factors that influence motion for all types of vehicles: land, air, and water alike. They also learn different ways to measure speed and read about energy uses for different vehicles. With greater speed comes greater risk. Readers learn how engineers are always seeking new and better ways to keep people safe as they travel faster and go farther.

Bridges for High-Speed Railways

Revised Papers from the Workshop, Porto, Portugal, 3 - 4 June 2004

Author: Rui Calcada,Raimundo Delgado,António Campos e Matos

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9780203892541

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 304

View: 8926

Since the 1980s in Europe high-speed rail has emerged rapidly as a means of transportation, and in the upcoming years many more tunnel, bridge and other infrastructure projects will be developed across the continent. At the same time design concepts and technologies have improved and innovative structural ideas have appeared, since trains travelling at high speed produce new and formerly unknown effects on structures such as bridges. Bridges for High-Speed Railways is a collection of papers from leading experts in this field. Issue addressed include: – Steel and composite bridges for high-speed railways; – European Standards for high-speed railway bridges; – Prestressed concrete high-speed railway bridges; – Bridge-vehicles dynamic interaction; – Seismic design of structures for high-speed railways; – Design; – Codes and dynamic analysis; – Construction, monitoring, maintenance and repair. Bridges for High-Speed Railways provides a valuable source of reference for bridge designers, consultants, infrastructure owners, regulatory authorities, construction companies, researchers, teachers and students involved in structural engineering projects for high-speed railways.

Can You Tell a Cheetah from a Leopard?

Author: Buffy Silverman

Publisher: Lerner Publications

ISBN: 0761379967

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 5104

A huge tan cat with black spots on its fur crouches in the grass. Its long tail twitches as it hunts for food. Did you just see a cheetah? Or was it a leopard?