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High and Mighty: The Dangerous Rise of the SUV

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SUVs have taken over America's roads. Ad campaigns promote them as safer and "greener" than ordinary cars and easy to handle in bad weather. But very little about the SUV's image is accurate. They poorly protect occupants and inflict horrific damage in crashes, they guzzle gasoline, and they are hard to control.

Keith Bradsher has been at the forefront in reporting the cal
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Paperback, 512 pages
Published January 19th 2004 by PublicAffairs
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Chase DuBois
An insightful and engaging exposition of how political and economic factors — not changing American tastes or needs — were the driving forces behind the rise of the SUV. A particularly good read if you want to know more about how environmental regulations are resisted by corporate interests. Of course, the information is a little old now, but it remains instructive for similar debates that are happening today.
Cat
Aug 23, 2007 Cat rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: hybrid car owners
Shelves: sociology
Well, I'm in the market for a car, and reading this book was sort-of an eye opener. Bradsher indicts SUV's for a host of crimes, but I can't imagine his case converting many who didn't agree with his charges prior to reading this book. You might want to file "High and Mighty" in the "preaching to the choir" section with "Fast Food Nation" and "Earth in the Balance".
That being said, it is a well researched, informative book. Bradsher isn't afraid to criticize the environmental movement, which he
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Bob Belanger
Dec 22, 2007 Bob Belanger rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who drive suv's
Shelves: auto-industry
This is a scary book about the auto industry. A few ago a massive tire recall took place because tire's were being blown out on SUV'S. This book covers that recall & myths about large vehicles. Most folks think bigger & better vehicles are safer. Suv's are more dangerous to passagers & other motorist due to size,weight and center of gravity.

Before you buy your next vehicle read this book!!!!
Barb
My son recommended this. It was a shock to me learn how dangerous SUVs are to everyone else on the road, and even to their own passengers and drivers.
Chris
This reporter really did his homework. Very readable and tells you a lot about the auto industry. Highly recommended.
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