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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard Non-Fiction Books; 1st edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966913604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966913606
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,977,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A Few Good Words About Speed" American highways would be safer if they had no speed limits, according to American Autobahn, a book published this month. Many sections of the German autobahns have no speed limit, and they have a lower death rate per mile traveled than American interstates have, according to the author, Mark Rask, who acknowledged in an interview that he has "a taste for speed..."

American Autobahn includes a history of speed limits and enforcement and a description of the exhilaration of driving in Germany with no speed limit (as well as in other parts of Europe and Western states where limits are not strictly enforced)...

Mr. Rask says that for most people, driving fast is not irresponsible--it's fun. His book has something of the character of a health guide that says it's all right to indulge in fat and calories. Even if you don't believe it, it may be fun to read. -- by Matthew L. Wald, The New York Times, Friday, September 17, 1999

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The automotive enthusiast's "Bible" for fast-and-safe driving. Detailed, fast-paced and, yes, fun, this book shows why America has failed to improve safety on the road and how Germany has saved lives, in spite of 100 mph speeds on its Autobahn freeway system.

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This book should be required reading for all current and future interstate drivers.
Michael Moulton
I'd recommend this book for a teenager beginning to drive so that he/she breaks the typical American-attitude towards auto safety.
Jason
Any auto enthusiast, or anyone who loves the open road behind the wheel, should enjoy this work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
At first glance, this book might seem like an exhortation for angry lunkheads to step on it, but it's actually a careful, thorough, and passionately principled examination of the way we drive, why, and how we might go about the whole nasty business in a more satisfying and reasonable way. Rask is no dry expert, either. His book is well written and fun to read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Curtis R. Rich on March 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
With excellent illustrations by Mark Stehrenberger, Mark Rask tells the history of the Interstate Highway system in the U.S. and our silly obsession of "Speed kills," despite all proof it's stupidity that kills. Then he gives the history of the German Autobahn system and how the Germans, rather than try to restrict speed everywhere, made the roads, the drivers, and the cars safer. All three are models. Their fatality rate went down 70% because of their combined efforts (and a cultural abhorrence to drinking and driving). He explains precisely how the autobahns are designed safer, their drivers are better trained, and how safe their cars are. Then he goes on to give a plan for taking the best of their system and Americanizing it. It's a good read. I recommend it. I enjoyed it. Several people to whom I've recommended it have told me they enjoyed it, and it reveals some truths you won't discover if you listen to the U.S. Safety Establishment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book tracks the history of our interstate and the autobahn highways and presents compelling statistics that prove that our system of draconian speed enforcement plus artificially low speed limits is not working. There are numerous charts and graphs that show that Germany's fatality rate on the Autobahn has been consistently below ours for a number of years, while speeds have been rising on both systems. The author points out how and why we should be trying to generate support for upgrades to our highway system while conducting an experiment to increase and/or remove speed limits on our less crowded interstates.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jason on November 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a very well written book with prooving statistics - a very unbiased and credible book on the reasons behind America's irresponsibility and negligence for auto safety - and why we have failed in lowering death rates due to high-speed related accidents. This book explains in great detail the German philosophy of road safety and accident prevention that has gone to provide the world's safest automobiles and high speed auto networks. I'd recommend this book for a teenager beginning to drive so that he/she breaks the typical American-attitude towards auto safety.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Moulton on June 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book should be required reading for all current and future interstate drivers. Rask provides a compelling argument as to why our interstate system is failing us, and what we can do to change it. If I could afford it, I would send a copy to each of my Congressmen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Excellent work by Mr. Rask. A true study of road safety, efficiency, and usability. Any auto enthusiast, or anyone who loves the open road behind the wheel, should enjoy this work. If only this was required reading for drivers ed...
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