A Burglar's Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh, 296 pages
In this fascinating book, architecture blogger Manaugh considers the ways in which bank robbers, art thieves, and cat burglars (among other ne'er-do-wells) use and misuse architecture and urban design. In this exploration, Manaugh discusses various real-life and fictional heists, learns how to escape capture, finds out about the ways to breach vaults (and the ways in which vault owners can try to prevent those breaches), and gets the perspective of police officers, reformed burglars, and lock-picking enthusiasts (it's not illegal to pick your own lock for fun, after all). For any fan of heist movies and books, as well as for anyone with an interest in architecture or urban planning, this entertaining book is a must. Well done, Mr. Manaugh!