Why We Drive: The Past, Present, and Future of Automobiles in America

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Taking the position that America’s love affair with cars and highways is not a cultural phenomenon but a problem of entrenched economic and political forces, this manifesto chronicles the rise of the U.S. highway system from its orchestrated genesis to our current alarming reliance on automobiles. With a format that incorporates a blend of cartoons, historic photographs and minimal text, this handbook reveals the players, the money and the politics that have led to our petroleum dependence and endless miles of ...
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Overview


Taking the position that America’s love affair with cars and highways is not a cultural phenomenon but a problem of entrenched economic and political forces, this manifesto chronicles the rise of the U.S. highway system from its orchestrated genesis to our current alarming reliance on automobiles. With a format that incorporates a blend of cartoons, historic photographs and minimal text, this handbook reveals the players, the money and the politics that have led to our petroleum dependence and endless miles of asphalt. It begins by analyzing the environmental impact of driving and ends by offering a blueprint for rebuilding a more sustainable transportation system that could save American cities and the planet.
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Editorial Reviews

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“Singer is an editorial cartoonist with an unerring eye for the absurdity of our current car dependence.”  —E magazine

“[Singer’s] work has always pointed out the innate absurdities in everyday American life.”  —Salon.com

"An engaging and witty collection."  —Patriot News

"Short and stylishly-illustrated, with a useful bibiography and directory of campaigning organisations, Singer’s book will be useful reading for all transport activists." —Gabriel Carlyle, Peace News

"When short-sighted boneheads like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who turn down millions in stimulus money intended to fund the construction of light rail, start to see the economic value and heath benefits of scraping the car culture, we'll be heading further in the right direction. Until then, get on your bikes and ride!" —Chris Auman, reglarwiglar.blogspot.com

"[...] refreshingly atypical and accessible. Casual readers will find much to enjoy here, and readers with mixed feelings about cars and car dependency will come away from Why We Drive with a great deal of food for thought." —Elizabeth O'Brien, newpages.com

"...concisely and candidly tell a story about how we got where we are today."  —Lucas Lindsey, thisbigcity.net

"Vaguely reminiscent of The Far Side sketches of Gary Larson or Nick Park's Wallace and Gromit, his cartoons typically feature puffy people in unhappy situations, a commentary on the supposed ease of car ownership." —Frederick Melo, twincities.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621064862
  • Publisher: Microcosm Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Series: Real World Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,459,858
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Andy Singer is a cartoonist and illustrator whose drawings have appeared in numerous magazines and publications, including the Boston Globe, Discover, Esquire, the New Yorker, the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, and the Washington Post. At its peak, his weekly, self-syndicated comic strip, “No Exit,” ran in 24 papers. He is the co-chair of the Saint Paul Bicycle Coalition. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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