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Straphanger

by Taras Grescoe

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | March 25, 2013 | Trade Paperback |

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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. In Straphanger, Grescoe hits the commuter road in a global quest to understand and illuminate the challenges of the post-automobile age. Straphanger is not just another attack on automobiles and suburban sprawl but the most entertaining and most thorough examination of global car culture yet written, and an empowering tool kit for anybody looking for alternatives to a car-based lifestyle. Ultimately, its subject is the city, and it offers a global tour of alternatives to car-based living told through encounters with bicycle commuters, subway engineers, professional boulevardiers, idealistic mayors and disillusioned trolley campaigners. Along the way, Grescoe meets libertarian apologists for the automobile, urban planners who defend sprawl, champions of hydrogen and biofuels, and traffic engineers fighting to reduce congestion.

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: March 25, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554686253

ISBN - 13: 9781554686254

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Straphanger

Straphanger

by Taras Grescoe

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: March 25, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554686253

ISBN - 13: 9781554686254

From the Publisher

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. In Straphanger, Grescoe hits the commuter road in a global quest to understand and illuminate the challenges of the post-automobile age. Straphanger is not just another attack on automobiles and suburban sprawl but the most entertaining and most thorough examination of global car culture yet written, and an empowering tool kit for anybody looking for alternatives to a car-based lifestyle. Ultimately, its subject is the city, and it offers a global tour of alternatives to car-based living told through encounters with bicycle commuters, subway engineers, professional boulevardiers, idealistic mayors and disillusioned trolley campaigners. Along the way, Grescoe meets libertarian apologists for the automobile, urban planners who defend sprawl, champions of hydrogen and biofuels, and traffic engineers fighting to reduce congestion.

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.

About the Author

TARAS GRESCOE is the author of four books, including the bestselling Bottomfeeder, which won the Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize, the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction and the International Association of Culinary Professionals Literary Food Writing Award, and was a finalist for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Two of his other titles, Sacré Blues and The End of Elsewhere, were Writers’ Trust Award finalists. He lives in Montreal. Visit him online at www.tarasgrescoe.com or on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter @grescoe.

Editorial Reviews

"A marvellous investigation of urban transit. . . . Comprehensive, insightful and well-written." - THE GLOBE AND MAIL

"Straphanger is a book by somebody who loves cities for people who love them." - NATIONAL POST

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