Drive: A ROAD TRIP THROUGH OUR COMPLICATED AFFAIR WITH THE AUTOMOBILE

Drive A ROAD TRIP THROUGH OUR COMPLICATED AFFAIR WITH THE AUTOMOBILE Liberation lust envy rage power thrill our cars provoke enough emotion to jam a six lane highway If you name your ride reminisce about sex in the back seat or enjoy roaring down the open road y

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Liberation, lust, envy, rage, power, thrill our cars provoke enough emotion to jam a six lane highway.If you name your ride, reminisce about sex in the back seat or enjoy roaring down the open road, you know why we love our wheels But if you hate traffic, curse at the price at the pump or fight over parking spaces, you know why we hate them too.Drive is a cross continentLiberation, lust, envy, rage, power, thrill our cars provoke enough emotion to jam a six lane highway.If you name your ride, reminisce about sex in the back seat or enjoy roaring down the open road, you know why we love our wheels But if you hate traffic, curse at the price at the pump or fight over parking spaces, you know why we hate them too.Drive is a cross continent adventure that explores where our fuel injected dreams have taken us Award winning journalist Tim Falconer invites us on his road trip as he meets vintage car enthusiasts on Route 66, rides along in a police cruiser, kicks the tires at a Las Vegas auto show and takes a hydrogen powered car for a spin.Steering us along North America s interstates and blue highways, meandering through small towns, sprawling suburbs and walkable neighbourhoods, Falconer shows us the growing collision of cars and people In this complicated affair, who s really in the driver s seat Can smart growth, public transit and complete streets free us A spirited, front seat view of quirky locals and locales, Drive looks at what auto dominated life means to our health, environment and communities Falconer also opens the door on British and Argentine car cultures, and considers the road ahead for China and India, nations with increasingly American attitudes As billions grab their keys, can we avoid carmageddon

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  1. * * * 1/2An interesting look at mostly North America's relationship with the car and how our society has essentially become subjugated to the car instead of the car being an instrument of freedom. The author took a road trip from Toronto to California, along the way meeting car enthusiasts, traffic managers and proponents of better development to reduce the impact of urban sprawl and our dependence on the car.Overall it was an enjoyable read -- it's a topic I'm interested in and the book covers [...]

  2. A journalist/teacher from Ryerson University Falconer's newest book Drive: A Road Trip Through our Complicated Affair with the Automobile (Toronto: Viking Canada, 2008) is a rumination on North America's relationship and fascination with cars. Written in a style similar to that of Michael Pollan and Christopher Benfey (a style I am increasingly recognizing that I really enjoy), Falconer uses each item in his book as a place to digress into a complete history of that subject. This style of writin [...]

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