Taras Grescoe has written books that have changed the way we
look at illicit substances, in The Devil''s Picnic, and
how we think about the world''s seafood, in Bottomfeeder.
Now, as oil prices soar and suburbs continue to sprawl, Grescoe
hits the commuter road in a global quest to understand and
illuminate the challenges of the post-automobile age.
Ultimately, Straphanger''s subject is the city, and it
offers a global tour of alternatives to car-based living, told
through encounters with bicycle commuters, subway engineers,
idealistic mayors and disillusioned trolley campaigners. Along the
way, Grescoe meets libertarian apologists for the automobile,
urbanists who defend suburban sprawl, champions of buses, rapid
transit and light rail, and planners fighting to liberate cities
from the empire of the automobile.
In a world of skyrocketing gas prices and political unrest in
the oil-rich corners of the world, Straphanger is an
essential book that addresses one of the most critical discussions
of the near future.