Why Knot?: How to Tie More than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Lifesaving, and Secure Knots!

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On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the New York World Trade Center’s twin towers, where he performed for nearly an hour. The death-defiying event has been the subect of two major films, the documentary Man on Wire (2008) and The Walk (2015) staring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. During this history-making walk, and many others throughout his celebrated career, knots have always been indispensable components—the guardian angels protecting his life in the sky.

After years of hands-on research, Philippe presents Why Knot?, a guide to tying his essential knots. Philippe’s own practical sketches illustrate original methods and clear, clever tying instructions. Photographs in which special knots were used during spectacular high-wire walks, quirky knot trivia, personal anecdotes, helpful tips, magic tricks, and special tying challenges ensure that, if you’re not already nuts for knots, Petit will transform you into a knot aficionado.

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Philippe Petit has been artist-in-residence of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for more than 30 years and has performed on the high wire more than 80 times around the world. He also street juggles, lectures, and practices magic. He is the author of several books, including To Reach the Clouds (Man on Wire). In 2011, he performed his one-man show Wireless!, and in 2012, he was selected as a TED speaker, and he recently finished Cheating the Impossible, the first TED multimedia book. He lives in New York.

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“In reading Philippe’s book we are cogently reminded that without the ability to secure a rope, or tether a goat, or make fast the sheets of a galley, much of the civilization that we take for granted would disappear as easily as a slipknot in the hands of a Vegas conjuror.” (Sting)

“Philippe Petit is an artist of knots: We get taken and sprung free at the same time. This is a dynamic book, eclectic, fun, and practical. From Nabokov to the World Trade Center to improvised handcuffs! Wonderful.” (Colum McCann)

“Read this book and pop it in your pocket. . . . One day it may save your life!" (Melissa Leo)

“This is not your normal book for Boy Scouts. This is for those with a sense of poetry—the poetry and the mystery of the Bowline in the Bight, the Highwayman’s Hitch, and the Monkey’s Fist—revealed to us by a man whose life depends on ropes and knots.” (Werner Herzog)

“Petit’s distinct and deeply insightful philosophy through the guise of mere knots forever binds us to surprising new joys.” (Elizabeth Streb)

“The book describes, among other things, the kind of knots that held fast when was high up without a net—the ‘locked constrictor’ he used at the trade center, the ‘farmer’s loop’ he fastened to the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia in 1973, the ‘jug sling’ he cast before he walked between Avery Fisher Hall and what was then the New York State Theater in Lincoln Center in 1987.” (The New York Times)

“Petit’s illustrated guide to some of his favorites, like the slipped clove hitch he used to anchor the wire on which he walked across New York’s Grand Central Terminal.... [He] carried a length of rope in his pocket in order to perform tricks at a moment’s notice. The book comes equipped with a section of cord so readers can do the same.” (WIRED)

“In explaining the purpose and creation of knots, Mr. Petit earns perfect marks. Thanks to those flawless drawings, I relearned the bowline in record time.” (Wall Street Journal)

“Petit, who knows how to tie 200 knots and has a knot library of 200 volumes, is a poetic and passionate instructor.” (Boston Globe)

“His newest book celebrates the unsung heroes of his work: knots. This beautifully packaged hardcover comes complete with a practice rope coiled in the title’s O.” (Mental Floss)

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Book Description Abrams, United States, 2013. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the New York World Trade Centre's twin towers, where he danced for nearly an hour. Since then, he has walked (legally) over the Louisiana Superdome; over Amsterdam Avenue to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine; and between the Palais de Chaillot and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. In all of his high wire walks, knots have been the essential components of each, the guardian angels protecting his life in the sky. Why Knot? explains how to tie more than sixty useful knots. All the knots included have been put to task during one wire walk or another and each passed the ultimate test: to contribute in holding a man's life. The drawings are by Petit himself and are beautifully wrought works of art, some of which have been exhibited in Clic Gallery in New York. After years of research, Philippe presents a how to guide to what he considers to be the essential knots--which include the safest, the easiest and fastest to tie and untie, the most ingenious, the most simple and much more.The book will also include photographs of the knots being used by Petit while performing high wire walks and a red rope that will allow readers to practice their new knot skills. If you're not already nuts for knots, with the help of this book, you will be transformed into a knot aficionado. Seller Inventory # AAS9781419706769

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