Roller Coasters: A Thrill Seeker's Guide to the Ultimate Scream Machines
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Roller Coasters: A Thrill Seeker's Guide to the Ultimate Scream Machines

by Robert Coker
     
 

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More than 150 awe-inspiring images of the world’s most terrifying rides put readers in the front seat of the largest, fastest, steepest, loopiest coasters ever built. From fifteenth-century Russian slides to the original Coney Island Cyclone to modern-day steel gigacoasters like Cedar Point’s Millennium Force, this breathtaking, fabulously illustrated

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More than 150 awe-inspiring images of the world’s most terrifying rides put readers in the front seat of the largest, fastest, steepest, loopiest coasters ever built. From fifteenth-century Russian slides to the original Coney Island Cyclone to modern-day steel gigacoasters like Cedar Point’s Millennium Force, this breathtaking, fabulously illustrated guide offers a wild trip through the evolution of roller coasters. Inside, there’s coverage of 200 individual examples, including wooden wonders and steel marvels, inverted coasters, floorless coasters, suspended coasters, and modern hypercoasters. Profiles on coaster engineers and an in-depth look at the ever-evolving technology of coaster design and construction round out this fun survey.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Packed with great color photos and breathless "you-are-there" narration, this is the book for coaster fanatics. It starts slowly with the history of these unique thrill rides and then takes off with vivid descriptions of great machines, from classic "woodies" like The Beast ("heaving and lurching with animalistic rage") to innovative steel coasters like Nitro ("all that's between us and the cold, bare earth more than 18 stories below is a whole lot of nothing") and the record-breaking hyper- and giga-coasters with drops of at least 200 or 300 feet, respectively. The volume concludes with a tantalizing glimpse of rides to come and an appendix of amusement parks in the United States and overseas for readers compelled to match the author's poetic prose with the real thing. Roller Coasters leaves readers panting, a little shaken, and, like a great ride, wanting to go again.-Susan Salpini, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760776155
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
03/25/2006
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
10.76(w) x 11.64(h) x 0.81(d)

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