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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
Paperback, 512 pages
Published January 19th 2004 by PublicAffairs (first published January 1st 2002)
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Chase DuBois
Jan 17, 2012 Chase DuBois rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 22, 2007 Cat rated it liked it
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
Jan 09, 2012 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I learned a lot about cars, suv's, etc. I learned about crumple zones, the origin of SUV's-which was interesting.

However, a lot of the book seemed to just self-aggradize the author on his supposid ethics-vs lawmakers, the auto makers, etc. Plus, the author wrote under the assumption that the economy would keep rolling along and gas prices would stay low forever, causing consumers not to worry about the cost of fuel-(which time would prove both wrong). The author didn't seem to study historic, ec
Bob Belanger
Dec 22, 2007 Bob Belanger rated it it was amazing
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!!!!
Daniel Peacock
Jun 24, 2015 Daniel Peacock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once more relevant, High and Mighty is still an excellent history of SUVs and their safety (or lack thereof). I'd love to see an update, now that the market is more dominated by unibody models and crossovers.
Aug 27, 2012 Barb rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 10, 2009 Chris rated it it was amazing
This reporter really did his homework. Very readable and tells you a lot about the auto industry. Highly recommended.
Barb Butler
Mar 19, 2013 Barb Butler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sounds so dry and was so interesting. Really changes the way you see not only SUVS but family cars and safety features.
Robert J.
This book not only explains how SUVs waste precious resources, but are the most dangerous vehicles on the road, yet are the most profitable for Detroit to build
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Feb 11, 2016 Ryan Salchert rated it liked it
Interesting book, too bad it didn't get more coverage on first release.
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