25ExtremeDropTowerRides[Book: Nick Weisenberger – 2017 – 15x23cm – 70 Pages – Few B&W photos]. “Besides your roller coasters, carousels, and Ferris wheels, a staple attraction of any major amusement park is the drop tower ride. While common today, these freefall attractions don’t have a long, hundred-year history like the roller coaster or amusement park. The first tower rides didn’t appear until the 1980s and didn’t start catching on until the 1990s when the technology and ride experience improved enough to make them ‘can’t miss’ attractions. ‘25 Extreme Drop Tower Rides – The Tallest, Fastest, Most Insane Freefall Rides Ever Built’ is a comprehensive list of the most extreme drop tower rides and also investigates how thrill ride engineers have been pushing the technology and the boundaries of the drop tower to new heights and terrifying experiences.” Selected Chapter Points: Introduction – What Goes Up Must Come Down; Definition of a Drop Tower Ride; The First Drop Tower Rides; 25 Extreme Drop Tower Rides [25 listed, with statistics and facts]; Narrowly Missed the List; Future Drop Towers; Freefall Drops on Roller Coasters; Other Terrifying Freefall-style Attractions; Legacy of the Drop Tower; About the Author; Notable Dates in Drop Tower History; Resources/Credits. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.