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America's Top Roller Coasters & Amusement Parks: A Guide for Those Who Ride Them and Tips for Those Who Fear Them [Perfect Paperback]

Pete Trabucco
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  • Perfect Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises (28 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606966456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606966457
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Few slip ups but good book 2 Jan 2012
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This book may have some mistakes only highlighted by the enthusiasts moaning, this is about a book they read when they already know the information? This book details a lot and is written by an expert
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1.0 out of 5 stars For novices only. your money. Very poor. 14 Aug 2009
By Allan Reid - Published on
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This is easily one of the very worst roller coaster books ever written. It reeks of more inaccuracies than a true enthusiast could even count. The author clearly failed to do even a modicum of research on either the coasters or the parks. Be may need an aspirin or 2 to get through this book. Just a sampling of some of the infuriating errors are as follows: pg 10 refers to a new hydraulic mega coaster named "Top Speed Dragster." It then reads "see above picture" which actually is of Superman Ride of Steel (now Bizarro) at Six Flags New England. pg 15 claims that Boulder Dash is located in Massachusetts (I was just on it last week and could swear we were in Connecticut!) pg 43 refers to the new mouse at Six Flgs in New Jersey but it is not called Batman The Dark Knight. That name still belongs to a floorless coaster in New England. At least the author has some awareness of 2 changes in 2008, that the new mouse did arrive in New Jersey and Magic Mountain's X became X2 after a huge "rehab." This makes it even more bizarre that Mr Trabucco is so clueless as to a huge number of errors from years prior to 2008 that all informed enthusiasts are aware of, such as: pg 44 photo clearly shows the New England floorless noted above but is improperly titled "Batman The Knight Flight." pg 46 refers to the world's largest coaster club as "America's Coaster Enthusiasts." As a member of the club, Mr Trabucco probably should know the club's correct name. Shameful. pg 58 "One of the best dual track LIM coasters can be found at Six Flags New Jersey under the name Batman and Robin The Chiller." Good luck finding it as it was torn down in 2007. pg 58 also blunders with the statement "you can find another floorless beauty at Six Flags Ohio (name was changed in 2000 to Geauga Lake) under the name Batman Knight Flight (name changed to Dominator in 2003). pg 59 a bold large print section titled "Hyper/Gigi Coasters" No such thing as a gigi coaster...close, but no cigar. pg 64 tells us all that Six Flags Great America is located in St Louis. Um...that would be in Chicago. On pgs 65 and 66, Mr Trabucco wants you to believe you can ride a Boomerang at Six Flags Worlds of Adventure (new name in 2003 AND the coaster was moved to another park anyway) and also that Vekoma SLC's can be found at Six Flags Darien Lake (name changed in 2006) and also at Six Flags Astroworld (boy, the poor folks in Houston must have fooled into thinking their park was destroyed 4 years ago) pg 69 claims there is a Wildcat named Die Wildcatz at Busch Gardens Williamsburg...well per the accurate stats of the revered site Roller Coaster Database, that coaster actually closed in 1983! Hope that aspirin has kicked in by now for you. pg 69 continues with another Trabucco gem..."Python at Busch Gardens Tampa is one of the best corkscrew coasters still in operation today." Really? Pretty sure it was closed in 2006. pg 79 and amazingly on several other pages in this book refers to the non existant coaster manufacturer "Interman AG." This is especially pathetic as Trabucco states his favorite coaster is Millennium Force but doesn't know the manufacturer is actually Intamin. C'mon, Pete, its the same flippin' maker of that Top Speed Dragster you identified with the Superman photo!! Unbelievable. pg 84 lists "Grippon" at Busch Williamsburg. pg 90 notes the current world record holder for both speed and height as New Jersy's Kinda Ka but falsely states it was made by B&M. The author is so found of "Interman", I can't see how he missed this opportunity to credit another coaster to them. There are a number of errors related to actually naming some of the elements in the coasters but by this point...who cares!
One last beef with this book happens on pg 112 where the author actually encourages riders on Kraken "with long legs to try to touch the seat in front of you." This is despicable and irresponsible. Mr Trabucco is actually condoning behavior that is prohibited by the ride manufacturer (for safety) and also the parks. I'm sure both B&M and Sea World will be just thrilled to know this enthusiast/author is promoting unsafe riding practices. Real classy. Sounds like a lawsuit just waiting. Of course, a shattered leg would occur first. As both an enthusiast myself, and also being a Registered Nurse, I've got a huge problem with this imbecile.
One more thing folks. The book is so cheaply bound, that it WILL fall apart and pages WILL fall out. Save your money. This is as bad as coaster books get, and on so many levels.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Folks...Please listen to the 1st reviewer...the book is Very BAD! 11 Sep 2009
By P. A. Rich, Jr. - Published on
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Well, the first reviewer has covered all things. This book has many, many errors regarding coasters, their manufacturers, their locations, and even their names. Don't waste your money. I paid ~$20 when it first came along and now it is selling for ~$30. I have already sent it back for a refund. Worst of all, about 50 of the pages had begun to fall out after 1 week or so. Thus, both the author and publisher need to get their acts together. To the author...never, Never, NEVER publish material without doing your research first...especially when it comes to rollercoasters. There are so many of us who know so much more about this subject matter than you, and you (or the publisher) are trying to make a quick buck or two because you simply RIDE rollercoasters. This should be illegal! Do your research FIRST and try again...maybe then your 2nd edition book (if you pursue this) will do better.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow, people aren't wrong. This is terrible! 27 April 2013
By coasterbear30 - Published on
Format:Perfect Paperback
I am a huge coaster enthusiast and love to collect anything to do with coasters. I travel the world to ride them as well. I had read reviews here and other places that stated that this book was full of errors. I took the chance and bought it anyway thinking it can't be that bad. Boy was I wrong. This book has more inaccuracies than I can even count. I am talking about almost every page has comments that are incorrect. It is ridiculous. I have never seen a book this bad. I don't know why he would not have fact checked himself before even attempting to have this published. From rides that are not even at the parks he mentions to incorrect spelling of coaster manufacturers to just flat out wrong information. Don't waste thirty dollars on a book that is not worth it. If you want a good coaster book check out the new "American Coasters" by Thomas Grymes. It is a million times better!
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So awful 2 Oct 2010
By scsj - Published on
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This book is trash. It was clearly not researched edited at all. Absolutely riddled with typos, grammar slip-ups, and factual errors that should be obvious to any enthusiast. "Top Speed Dragster?" Seriously? Top Thrill Dragster is probably one of the five or six most well-known roller coasters in the world.

If every picture weren't taken directly from, I would consider keeping it. As is, it's a waste of trees.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars There are far better books out there - avoid this one 27 Jan 2014
By Berklee Bill - Published on
Format:Perfect Paperback
As someone who performed research for the publication "The Rollercoaster Lover's Companion: A Thrill Seeker's Guide to the World's Best Coasters," I will redundantly cite the many factual errors contained within the Trabucco book. I seriously have to wonder just how much research was done prior to print -- or if this tome is merely the brain dump of an over zealous (but merely semi-serious) "enthusiast?" The coaster enthusiasts whom I know personally are all incredible sticklers for detail. As such, the work presented here simply does not "fly." I can see where others were coming from in their poor reviews of the book, and sadly I have to agree with them.

That said, there are many wonderful amusement park & roller coaster books in the marketplace. "The Amusement Park Guide" by Tim O'Brien, or "The American Roller Coaster" by Scott Rutherford come to mind as books worthy of your hard earned dollars.
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