High and Mighty: The Dangerous Rise of the Suv
SUVs have taken over America's roads. Ad campaigns promote them as safer and "greener" than ordinary cars and easy to
handle in bad weather. But very little about the SUV's image is accurate. They poorly protect occupants and
inflict horrific damage in crashes, they guzzle gasoline, and they are hard to control.
Keith Bradsher has been at the forefront in reporting the calamitous safety and environmental record of
SUVs, including the notorious Ford-Firestone rollover controversy. In High and Mighty, he traces the
checkered history of SUVs, showing how they came to be classified not as passenger cars but as light trucks,
which are subject to less strict regulations on safety, gas mileage, and air pollution. He makes a powerful
case that these vehicles are even worse than we suspect--for their occupants, for other motorists, for
pedestrians and for the planet itself.
In the tradition of Unsafe at Any Speed and Fast Food Nation, Bradsher's book is a damning exposť of an
industry that puts us all at risk, whether we recognize it or not.
- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Public Affairs
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1586482033