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Straphanger

by Taras Grescoe

HarperCollins | April 2, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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Taras Grescoe has written books that have changed the way we look at illicit substances, inThe Devil’s Picnic, and how we think about the world’s seafood, inBottomfeeder. InStraphanger, 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,Straphangeris an essential book that addresses one of the most critical discussions of the near future.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 in

Published: April 2, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins

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, 9 × 6 × 0.88 in

Published: April 2, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins

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, inThe Devil’s Picnic, and how we think about the world’s seafood, inBottomfeeder. InStraphanger, 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,Straphangeris 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 bestsellingBottomfeeder, which won the 2008 Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize and the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction. Two other titles,Sacré BluesandThe End of Elsewhere, were shortlisted for Writers’ Trust awards. His work has appeared in a great variety of major publications includingThe New York Times,National Geographic Traveler,Gourmet,The Globe and Mail,Canadian Geographic,The Times(UK) andThe Independent. He lives in Montreal. Visit him online atwww.tarasgrescoe.com.

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