DickKinzel[Book: Tim O’Brien – 2015 – 14x22cm – 124 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. “Roller coasters took Dick Kinzel slowly to the top and a $1.24 billion acquisition ultimately led to his direst years. During his 39-year career (25 as president and CEO) with Cedar Point and Cedar Fair parks, he built the world’s first 200, 300, and 400-foot tall roller coasters. He is responsible for adding more than 37 multi-million dollar scream machines to the company’s 11 amusement parks. He brought big and edgy coasters to Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio) knowing that the bigger the thrill ride, the bigger the crowds. His story is one of tenacity, conservatism and risk taking. It’s one of big business and one of fun making. Dick spent his life putting smiles on people’s faces and fear in their eyes. For the first time his journey is told in full: from his highs and lows to his laughs and tears. This is the official biography of Richard L. Kinzel.” Chapter Points: Foreword (by Tim O’Brien); The Man and His Climb to the Top; The King’s Creations; Rounding out the Package; Dick’s $2 Billion Spending Spree; After the Spending Spree; Selected Bibliography; Acknowledgements; About the Author; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.