"[An] edge-of-your-seat look at the slam-bang world of stunt pros…Great supplemental reading for movie fans."Rocky Mountain News
In The Full Burn, Kevin Conley goes inside one of the coolest and most dangerous jobs in the world. With bravura storytelling and full access to legends of the field, he gives a behind-the-scenes view of the stuntman's world: the history, the culture, and the tricks of the trade, showing howand whystuntmen do the crazy things they do. He even subjects himself to the stuntman's ultimate rite of passage, the book's eponymous stunt, in which he is doused in jellied gasoline and set aflame. Packed with amazing stories and fascinating insights into the movies you love, this is truly immersion journalism at its finest.
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About the Author
Kevin Conley is the author of the national bestseller Stud: Adventures in Breeding. He has written for GQ, the New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, and the New York Times Magazine, among other publications. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Amy, and their children, Max, Sarah, Jack, and Gloria.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great read. I started this last night and finished it this morning. Conley found a great balance in the personal stories and in-depth behind the scenes information. I thought he also covered the history of stunts and the future threats of CGI without seeming to get into a checklist or having filler.
The content of this book was very entertaining in that it not only covers the stunts being performed, but gets into both the background and psyche of the people doing the stunts. For the "general public" the people interviewed and profiled in this book are so far out of their frame of reference that they might not relate to them or understand the "why" of what they do for a living. Or, they could just be dismissed as unbalanced or crazy and so the reader would not get involved enough to want to read further. That would be a shame, because in a more global concept these stuntpeople are the same type of people as the firemen, sandhogs, soldiers, and athletes that do dangerous, physical work every day. Only more extreme. I know I couldn't do it, but I more fully appreciate those that do having read this book. Plus, it's pretty cool to watch a movie now and recognize some of the people profiled in this book as the credits roll by at the end of the film...