Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Vroom! Paperback – Sep 15 2011
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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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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.
For a non reader he seemed to really enjoy it.
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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;
*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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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.