RollerCoasterDavidBennett[Book: David Bennett – 1998 – 23x31cm – 194 Pages – Many colour photos – Soft cover version]. “The air whistles past your face, your hands grip tightly to the handlebars, you begin to scream, your stomach has jumped out of your mouth… You get out with tingling hands, a trembling body and streaming eyes… and do it all over again! Everybody remembers their first ride in a roller coaster, an experience of terror, joy, and dreams. Towering over amusement parks, the curves and loops of these tremendous constructions are full of magic and memories. This book takes a breathtaking journey through the history of the rides – from the Russian ice slides of the 17th century and the golden age of the 1920s, to today. Profiles of the legendary designers show the daring skill and technical brilliance which make the dream into reality. The great rides of the past and present across the world are brilliantly pictured and discussed – even the dynamics of the thrill factor are explained. Anyone who is fascinated by the ultimate dream-machine will love this book.” Chapter Points: Foreword; Origins of the Roller Coaster; Legendary Designers of the Roller Coaster; How a Roller Coaster Works – the Anatomy of the Ride; The Greatest White Knuckle Rides of Today; An Insight into the Amusement Park Industry; Gazetteer (A Selection of Major Roller Coasters, Parks and Rides Around The World); Roller Coaster World Records; Roller Coaster History At a Glance; Useful Sources of Information; Useful Reading; Picture Credits; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

  • Björn Brändli

    This was one of my first roller coaster books and still one of the best in my opinion. It has a great historical segment about the most influental designers and plenty of great photos! Recommended!

  • Derek Sailors

    This is one of those books that I have break into ratings. I loved the way the book started with lots of history. Then we have tons of great photos. If this were 1999 I would give this book a 9/10. Having read the book in 2014 with most, but the history part, being way outdated, I am simply looking at the photos so for being 2014 I would give the book a 5/10. Once you average the two you get my total rating of 7/10.