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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Portable Press (Sept. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160710184X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607101840
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #146,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Bathroom Readers' Institute is a tight-knit group of loyal and skilled writers, researchers, and editors who have been working as a team for years. The BRI understands the habits of a very special market - Throne Sitters - and devotes itself to providing amazing facts and conversation pieces.

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I found this book interesting and informative. I got sucked into this book and kept having a hard time putting it down because it taught me stuff about vehicle history that I didn't know. Uncle John's Bathroom Reader books are the only non-fiction books I read and buy (and also reread). I like the format of these books because it changes subject almost page by page so you don't get bored. I like the "running feet" (this is what they call footnotes) because they are usually a different subject than what is on the page.

Did you know that if it wasn't for the discovery of gasoline we would have more advanced electric cars because there was electric cars before there was gas powered cars.

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Perfect for my son who loves vehicles. If you're short on reading time, then you will love these books. Crazy how the facts from these books can come into conversations, it's great!!! Guys love Uncle John's. Highly recommend.
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By Janisinbc on Jan. 7 2014
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Got this for my daughter's boyfriend who is a mechanic and he really liked it.
For a non reader he seemed to really enjoy it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Ton of Transportation Trivia! Feb. 10 2012
By Michael OConnor - Published on
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In VROOM!, the Uncle John crew turn their eye on the world of transportation, offering up 464 pages of interesting, informative and occasionally odd information on cars, trucks, trains, planes and other motorized marvels. As with other BATHROOM READER books, VROOM! is a hoot.

Published in 2011, VROOM! follows the tried-and-true BR format of short blurbs, two-three page articles, longer pieces and multi-part articles. In terms of "motorized marvels," my main interest is airplanes. Having said that, I discovered many genuinely interesting pieces in VROOM! on cars, ships, choppers and so on. Among the contents were:

*articles on Evil Knievel and other daredevils;
*a multi-part history of the land speed record;
*a two-pager on the development of crop dusting;
*odd means of transportation like tuk-tuks, boda-bodas and jeepneys;
*transportation firsts;
*the development of hovercraft, icebreakers, etc.;
*the contemporary piracy scene;
*Indy 500 lore;
*fact/fiction in the TOP GUN movie;
*big, bigger and sinfully bigger yachts;
*drag racing legends;
*a history of the Orient Express;
*a four-parter on airships;
*James Bond cars; and,
*one of my favorites: funny one-liners from flight attendants.

In short, whatever your bent, VROOM! will supply you with hours of interesting, entertaining transportation history. Congrats, Uncle John, another winner! Recommended.

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vroom Dec 25 2011
By med50man - Published on
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Got this book for my son-in-law. He was very happy with it. We both enjoy the bathroom reader series of books.
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Disappointing trip to the bathroom Aug. 5 2014
By R. L. Beegle - Published on
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I literally lost count of how many Uncle John's Bathroom Readers I have read or owned through the years-I would reckon at least ten. About ten years ago a person could "join" the bathroom reader's institute. I have also read dozens of books about cars, boats, airplanes, and the like. Given my interest and previous history with these bathroom readers, I could not pass up an opportunity to own this book when I first saw it on a shelf at a local bookstore.

I have to say, however, that I was disappointed in this effort. Unlike many of the bathroom readers before it, I was extremely familiar with most of the material here, which is not a bad thing at all. The problem is that there are many inaccuracies. For example, the author does not differentiate between a turbine engine and a turbocharger. This book is full of little items like this that most readers will never catch, but they will irritate and distract the reader who knows the material. My suggestion is that auto enthusiasts should not bother with this book.

The issue of inaccuracy seems to affect other bathroom readers that concentrate on a particular subject (such as Uncle John's Bathroom Reader History's Lists). That being said, I would also suggest that anyone seeking a bathroom reader look at any of the books in the series that do not concentrate on a particular subject. They are, frankly, more interesting and since the material is more varied, inaccurate information will not be as noticeable and thus not so much a distraction.
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bathroom readers unite1 Jan. 10 2014
By Carissa P. - Published on
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what could be better than sitting on your throne and reading about the automotive world! facts and stories to entertain!
Best Book Series Aug. 7 2014
By Chris Moore - Published on
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It is tough to write a review for Uncle John's books because they are all great in their own ways. I own over 20 of these books and they are some of the best knowledge anywhere. I am currently completing my doctorate and have to read intense books often. My icing at the end of every night before I fall asleep is reading and Uncle John book. The stories are interesting and I have learned quite a bit over the years. I sometimes am embarrassed by how many times I reference facts I learned from Uncle John.