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

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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, ...

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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.

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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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780760776155
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 3/25/2006
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 10.76 (w) x 11.64 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

    Feedback Review on Rollercoasters

    Photography on Rollercoasters terrific!

    Thank you, Sherry Pace

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2007

    Amazing

    If you're facinated by any type of roller coaster (like me), this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    The Most Outstanding Coaster Book Ever!

    This has many coasters and a ton of info about them along with great photos! If you love coasters this is a must have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2006

    Great!

    This book is very good if your looking for the history of the beginnings of roller coasters, as well as going into great detail when describing todays machines. Lots of neat descriptions of ride experiences on many of the coasters in the book. Full of information and facts such as how many screws were were used to build The Beast... The only thing I didn't like was the little bit of generic knowledge that everyone knows sprinkled through the book. That was the only thing that detracted from the book in my mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2005

    The best book of rollercoasters ever!!!!!

    My name is Matt and I am a rollercoaster historean. I also study amusement parks. I love this book! It is very,very helpful sometimes. It has about 95% of all the roller coasters I know of in there! Overall, I highly recomend it!

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    Posted December 9, 2008

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