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Beginning around 3,500 BCE with the wheel–a device that didn’t catch on until a couple thousand years after its invention–Standage zips through the eras of horsepower, trains, and bicycles, revealing how each successive mode of transit embedded itself in the world we live in, from the geography of our cities to our experience of time to our notions of gender. Then, delving into the history of the automobile’s development, Standage explores the social resistance to cars and the upheaval that their widespread adoption required. Cars changed how the world was administered, laid out, and policed, how it looked, sounded, and smelled–and not always in the ways we might have preferred.
Today–after the explosive growth of ride-sharing and years of breathless predictions about autonomous vehicles–the social transformations spurred by coronavirus and overshadowed by climate change create a unique opportunity to critically reexamine our relationship to the car. With A Brief History of Motion, Standage overturns myths, considers roads not taken, and invites us to look at our past with fresh eyes so we can create the future we want to see.
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- Identification Number : B08TMZBD47
- Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing; 1st edition (August 17, 2021)
- Publication date : August 17, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 44910 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
- Page numbers source International Standard Book Number : 1526608316
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #58,469 in Kindle Store
How we got here, where we’re going, and in which conveyance
November 11, 2021
In an online chat with friends, I extolled this new book by Tom Standage, sharing some of the things I’d learned. I realized, 10 minutes later, that in my enthusiasm I’d gotten on a soap box and taken over the conversation.
I regret nothing.
And if you buy A Brief History of Motion, you may find yourself in a similar situation.
The book is fascinating. I thought of myself as reasonably-well informed about, say, how much of a problem horse manure was in the late 1800s (elsewhere I’d learned that the reason early department stores put the perfume department in front to combat the stench of the street), or the social impact of the bicycle. But I said WOW out loud several times, because nearly every page had a “Hey how ’bout that!” on it. There are plenty of interesting random facts, such as the decline of the Roman chariot in favor of the horse, or why early 1900s electric cars were sold primarily as women’s cars. And Standage identifies tech changes by their influence on civilization. One is the ongoing problem of urban responses to the incompatibility of people and fast-moving traffic — including the invention of jaywalking; another is the growth of dating (including the availability of a back seat). I’d never learned the history of the jitney, for example, much less connected the dots from the Jitney to Uber. As you would expect, the latter chapters discuss the rise of electric vehicles, autonomous driving, and car-free life (e.g. scooters and relying on Lyft); as a new Tesla owner, that resonates with me at the moment.
My biggest takeaway from Tom Standage’s book about (wheeled) transportation is that none of us is capable of seeing very far into the future — at least, not when it comes to the long-term effects of a genuinely disruptive technology. We might see the problems that the new technology solves (hey, those horseless carriages might address the horse manure problem stinking up our cities!) but rarely the downstream effects (the development of the suburb). The people who DO sound a warning are told that they are over-reacting, or I guess they become science fiction writers (who are in the business of writing, “This is what happens when things go too far”).
His writing is marvelous. Standage is definitely a _reporter_, so there’s lots of “just the facts ma’am” prose rather than the author opining on events. Don’t worry that you aren’t into cars. Standage gets technical but never geeky; he imparts enough how-it-works information to help you understand why a technical innovation made a difference, without going into a lot of details that chase away someone who’d never think to look under a car hood (raises hand). Yet the book is a hoot, because he collects — and connects — so many factoids that inspire a wife to interrupt her long-suffering husband with, “Let me read you this thing, honey.”
As you can tell, this book is a delight. Indulge yourself. You won’t be sorry.
Well written and filled with thoughtful insights.
September 10, 2021
A really interesting book worth the price in information, insights, and great topics for discussion.
A fun-to-read review of urban transportation
January 24, 2022
A fun-to-read review of urban transportation. The book discusses the social aspects of the various means of transportation (and almost does not discuss the technical aspects).
Amazing account of motion and transportation
November 22, 2021
This book covers a lot of ground. Lots of information going back to 5000 BC and the invention of the wheel. Great primer to get a history of why we have an ongoing affair with cars.
Jeff and Tonya
Interesting Overview. Needs Bibliography.
August 22, 2021
It is actually somewhat interesting to me that of five reviews on Goodreads prior to this one, one of the reviewers specifically notes a lack of footnotes as a *good* thing… and this very thing is actually pretty well the only thing I could find to *ding* this text on. But I’m fairly consistent in that – no matter what, I expect a fact-based (vs more memoir-based) nonfiction title to include and reference a decent sized bibliography.
That noted, the substance of this text was well-written, approachable, at times amusing, and full of facts from a wide range of eras that this reader had not previously known. Even in the chapter on the development of driverless cars – much more thoroughly documented in DRIVEN by Alex Davies – there were a few facts that even having read that book and being a professional software developer (and thus more generally aware of tech than some), I genuinely didn’t know before reading this book. Preceding chapters tracing the development of transportation during the 19th and early 20th centuries in particular were utterly fascinating, as was later coverage of the potential future for a car-less society. Remarkably well balanced, the text tends to steer clear – pun absolutely intended – of various relevant controversies (climate change, Peak Oil, Peak Car, autonomous vehicles, car-less society, etc) even while discussing said controversies’ impact on society and future developments. Truly a solid examination of its topic, and very much recommended
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