Door to Door

Door to Door

The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation

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Transportation dominates our daily existence, yet the grand ballet in which we move ourselves and our stuff is full of grinding commutes, a violent death every fifteen minutes, and crumbling infrastructure. The car culture built modern America-- but it faces a revolution that will disrupt lives and global trade, transforming our commutes, our vehicles, our cities, our jobs, and every aspect of culture, commerce, and the environment. Humes explores the paradoxes and challenges inherent in our system.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062372086
Branch Call Number: 388.09 H8833D 2016
Characteristics: vii, 372 pages ; 24 cm


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May 17, 2016

His documentation of the role transportation plays in our modern world is fascinating. Surprising in places like the fact that the significant carbon footprint of ocean shipping is "off book". Our 'stuff' and its innards really do get around! His discussion of today's auto transport tends towards a rant but the picture he paints of what self-driving cars and uber/lift might evolve into was revealing.

Apr 23, 2016

This is a stupendous book, Mr. Humes always researches his subjects to the max - - and to a fanatical researcher such as myself, this is no small praise!
Problem, at times the author goes murky on important stuff. At various points he simply doesn't connect the dots of those for types of transportation, those against modes of transportation, and the financial powers-that-be. [E.g., not in this book but a sterling example: Seattle and the monorail. They've spent tons of money to build everything underground here {which costs 100 times more than above the surface} and gone against the monorail, which would have solved many of the travel woes here long ago, because the Community Development Roundtable, the super-rich who call the shots, want it that way!]
Humes does mention outsourcing and offshoring, but never connects them to the story. He briefly mentions the longshore slowdown on the West Coast, but NEVER mentions that the cause - - absolutely unreported except possibly in USA Today - - was the offshoring of longshore jobs!
On p. 38 he provides us with a nebulous argument for offshoring manufacturing jobs - - insufficient, and how EXACTLY would he apply that to offshoring scientists' jobs, engineering jobs, programmer jobs, attorney jobs, doctors' jobs, et cetera, et cetera?!?!?!?
Why I must give a great book only 3 1/2 stars, I'm afraid . . .


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