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High and Mighty: SUVs-the World's Most Dangerous Vehicles and How They Got That Way

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  11 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published September 18th 2002 by PublicAffairs (first published January 1st 2002)
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Chase DuBois
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Daniel Peacock
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Cat
Aug 22, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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David
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
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,
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Bob Belanger
Dec 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This reporter really did his homework. Very readable and tells you a lot about the auto industry. Highly recommended.
Barb Butler
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 23, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Ryan Salchert
Interesting book, too bad it didn't get more coverage on first release.
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