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Why We Drive: Toward a Philosophy of the Open Road

Why We Drive: Toward a Philosophy of the Open Road (Hardback)

By Crawford, Matthew B.

An instant classic from the author of the landmark Shop Class as Soulcraft, a brilliant, first-of-its-kind celebration of driving, viewing the open road as a unique pathway of human freedom, one now critically threatened by automation. As we become ever more pacified in so many d...omains of life, I want to explore this one domain of skill and freedom--driving--before it is too late, and make a case for defending it. Once we were drivers, the road alive with autonomy, possibility, danger, trust, and speed. Today we are as likely to be in the back seat of an Uber as behind the wheel ourselves. Tech giants are hurling us toward a shiny, happy self-driving future, selling utopia but equally keen to advertise to a captive audience entranced by another expensive device. Are we destined, then, to become passengers, not drivers? Considering congestion, traffic fatalities, and global warming, what is so great about driving anyway? Why We Drive reveals that much more may be at stake than we might think. Ten years ago, in the New York Times-bestselling Shop Class as Soulcraft, philosopher-mechanic Matthew B. Crawford--a University of Chicago PhD who owned his own motorcycle shop--made a revolutionary case for manual labor, one that ran headlong against the pretentions of white-collar office work. Now, using driving as a window through which to critique the broader changes wrought by technology on all aspects of contemporary life, Crawford investigates the driver's seat as one of the few remaining domains of self-reliance, mastery, attention, exploration, play--and freedom. Blending philosophy and hands-on storytelling, Crawford grounds the narrative in his own experience in the garage and behind the wheel, recounting his experience restoring a vintage Volkswagen from the ground up, as well as his journeys to thriving automotive subcultures across the country.
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ISBN 9780062741967
Released NZ 9 Jun 2020
Publisher William Morrow & Company
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780062741967
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher William Morrow & Company
Imprint William Morrow & Company
Released 9 Jun 2020
Publication Country
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Crawford, Matthew B.
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: General
History Of Engineering & Technology
Motor Cars: General Interest
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 36mm
Dewey Code 629.283
Weight 567g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Automobile driving - Psychological aspects, Technological innovations - 21st century, Automated vehicles - Social aspects, Crawford, Matthew B
NBS Text Road & Motor Vehicles: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade