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High and Mighty: The Dangerous Rise of the Suv Paperback – Bargain Price, January 1, 2004
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Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) have become the fastest-growing market segment in the automobile industry. They have an image of being safer and easier to handle in bad weather than traditional passenger cars. But in this new expos , New York Times reporter Bradsher delivers sobering facts about the conveyances: they protect occupants poorly, inflict horrific damage in crashes, guzzle gasoline, spew emissions, and are, in fact, difficult to control in bad weather or panic situations. He traces the checkered past of SUVs and how they came to be classified not as cars but as light trucks, which are subject to softer federal regulations regarding safety, gas mileage, and air pollution. The recent recall of tires and SUVs by Ford and Firestone after scores of roll-over deaths is apparently only the tip of the iceberg. Bradsher makes a powerful case that SUVs are inflicting great damage on their occupants, other motorists, pedestrians, and the earth. While the information has been available for some time in bits and pieces, this book is the first to put it all together with documented facts and figures. In the tradition of Ralph Nader's Unsafe at Any Speed, this should be read by drivers of SUVs and all those who must share the roads with them.
Eric C. Shoaf, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The behemoths among autos, SUVs are dangerous gas-guzzlers exempted from the safety and environmental rules that apply to other autos because they are classified as light trucks. Bradsher, an award-winning journalist who reported on the Ford-Firestone rollover controversy, details how SUVs came to enjoy such protection and such enormous popularity. From its precursor in the 1930s, favored by the funeral business, through the twist of fate that saw trade protection for frozen chickens morph into protection of SUV manufacturers, to the irony that the baby boom generation that championed environmental safety is also responsible for the huge popularity of the SUV, Bradsher offers compelling reading. The author interviewed the auto executives and engineers behind the SUV and documents the danger to occupants, other motorists, pedestrians, and the environment of a car model that continues to grow in size and heft. This fascinating history and troubling analysis of both the politics and the design of the SUV should appeal to readers on both sides of the debate. Vanessa Bush
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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1. I thought the book was a very compelling argument against SUV's. However, giving somewhat of a nod to the 1-star reviews, I confess that I am in no sense a car expert (nor, I suspect, are the vast majority of reviewers of this book), so I suppose it is possible that some of Bradsher's arguments might be disproved or debated by someone who is an expert. By way of analogy, a well-written legal brief on an issue can make almost any untrained reader believe that the sky is green. It is only when one sees an opposing, but equally well-written brief on the other side, that one sees that there are two sides to a story. However, having only read Bradsher's "brief", I can only say that I was pretty darn persuaded. That is why I "assume" it was excellent.
2. Some reviewers commented that Bradsher's tone was shrill or strident. I didn't find that to the case at all. I thought that it was rather measured.
3. My one complaint about the book is that it could have EASILY been one-third shorter without any decline in the forcefulness of the argument or the impact of the message whatsoever. The combination of Brasher's prodigious effort in writing the book combined with an absence of streamlining of the results of that effort, made for a book that was much longer than it needed to be.
Bradsher's character definition of SUV drivers (which by the way, he clearly states is the auto industry's own view) is CLEARLY evident through all of the 1-star reviewers.
The only arguments against this book are from the auto industry, auto journalists PAID by the auto industry, and the mindless yuppies wasting their money on these monstrous vehicles (their over-active defensiveness certainly validates my suspicions).
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.
But Keith Bradsher makes eloquently clear, in abundant detail, how much SUV drivers endanger themselves, too, through a greatly increased chance of rollover, greater stopping distance, and other factors. And they're killing and maiming themselves, and wreaking havoc on the nation's highways, for what? For an inefficient, clunky vehicle with poor maneuverability that, in most models, lacks the cargo space of a minivan. And four-wheel drive? Off-roading? That's a joke. Bradsher cites a typical ``off road'' adventure -- a woman who needed her Lexus SUV to get over curbs to park at Beverly Hills lawn parties.
How was this national nightmare created? Bradsher is eloquent in explaining this, too: advertising, advertising, advertising, plus Americans' unfortunate tendency to embrace, whole-hog, the latest fad. And how did regulators and lawmakers let it happen? As Bradsher details so brilliantly, everybody was afraid of hurting a vital American industry, no matter the horrific cost. Critics accuse Bradsher of biased ranting, but this book is anything but a rant: He piles fact upon fact, quoting many industry insiders, painstakingly building his damning case.
I challenge all open-minded SUV drivers to read this book -- and then have the nerve to go back on the road with their deadly vehicles.
I just ordered this book based solely on the idiotic, uneducated, I-love-my-suv-and-you-are-my-crumple-zone-so-screw-you-smarmy-liberals-and-you-pissant-little-geo-metro-drivin-environment-lovers-too quality of the 1-star replies to this book. The funny thing is, I live in Greenwich and there must be more rich a-holes needlessly driving these behemoths per capita than anywhere else in the world. so it has NOTHING to do with whether you're a redneck or a blue-blood and EVERYTHING to do with a dangerous fad, a highway arms race, and a total lack of regard for fellow (and future!) man.
The one poetic justice is that if you insist on refusing to believe the dangerous statistics presented in this book, then Darwin will eventually pay you a visit. hee hee
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