- Paperback: 367 pages
- Publisher: Knightsbridge Pub Co Mass; 25th Anniversary edition (March 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1561290505
- ISBN-13: 978-1561290505
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,846,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unsafe at Any Speed Paperback – March, 1991
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Finally you can understand the lacking level of road safety in US versus European countries that have in service safety policies that will reduce the absolute number of killed by 30% over 5 years.
This book is the necessary building stone to the effort to make car manufacturers accountable for the safety level of his products.
Chapter 2 tells of many defects found in new automobiles. The danger and solution to the second collision is in Chapter 3. The military lost more men by automobile accidents than in combat in Korea (p.87). [A statistic that ignores rates.] This chapter explains the changes in car designs since the 1960s. That second place of Ford is usual (p.118). The link between automobile exhaust and smog was documented in 1950 (Chapter 4). Auto companies objected to lowering emissions but gave no reasons (p.165). [To keep prices down?] Who benefits from pollution (p.169)? Nader states the number of deaths by automobiles went up by 25% since 1961 but doesn't link that to any increase in drivers and automobiles (p.170).Read more ›
Is it a masterpiece of literature or fine writing ? No.
And yet, it is, without question one of the more important, and ultimately influential, books written in the United States in the 20th century.
It should probably be read in conjunction with "My Years at General Motors" by Alfred P. Sloan. Both are great works by great men, from very different perspectives.
The amount of hatred directed at him from the right-wingers as well as conformist 'liberals' is only a measure of the fear of truth that Ralph has managed to inspire in these parasites.
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Reading this book gave me much insight into how incredibly unsafe automobiles were before Ralph Nader started his crusade for safety, which continues to this day! A must read!Published 14 months ago by Jenelle R. Embrey
When the Corvair was introduced in 1960, and as built was no less safe than contemporary models of the time. Read morePublished on December 22, 2012 by charles greaves
This great work continues to this day to inspire progress in auto safety. Unsafe at Any Speed is a classic, that changed the world for the better. Read morePublished on December 18, 2010 by Angel
this is a good book for anyone interested in auto safety. for the record though, Mr. Nader's explanation that the wheels "tuck under" is impossible. Read morePublished on November 20, 2005 by Pierre Bourgon