THE DAYLIGHT: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight
tells the remarkable story of daylight saving time —
the intriguing and entertaining tale of our attempt to regulate
the sunlight hours. The book is full of funny anecdotes
and remarkably quirky individuals, and was written by David
Prerau, who has been called the world's leading authority
on the subject. SEIZE THE DAYLIGHT relates the
fascinating stories behind the movement for DST in the United
States, Canada, Britain, France, and throughout the world.
goal of daylight saving time—to use daylight to its
maximum advantage—is generally recognized to be of
universal benefit. But few people understand how surprisingly
controversial this deceptively simple idea has been.
SEIZE THE DAYLIGHT chronicles the long-standing debates:
Proponents have proclaimed DST's benefits, including saving
energy, reducing automobile accidents, providing more daylight
for outdoor activities, cutting crime, and many others.
But DST also has had many detractors—from farmers
to parents of schoolchildren—who have waged contentious
battles against it.
addition to energy, accidents, and crime, daylight saving
time affects a very wide variety of other, often unexpected
areas, from Mid-East terrorism to the attendance at London
music halls, voter turnout to gardening, street crime to
the profits of radio stations. SEIZE THE DAYLIGHT
relates all of these extraordinary tales as well—and
a great deal more.
CRITICS ACCLAIM SEIZE THE DAYLIGHT
highly readable history of Daylight Saving Time.
. . . Prerau writes knowledgeably about DST .
. . Poems and editorial cartoons scattered throughout
demonstrate just how fierce and widespread the
debate raged. Prerau has compiled what seems to
be every intriguing tidbit related to DST . .
. Prerau handles the various arguments with admirable
skill and evenhandedness . . . An excellent read."
fascinating history of daylight saving time. .
. . [A] delightfully brisk narrative . . . The
best kind of history: rigorous and academically
informed, but chock-full of lively anecdotes."
excursion into the curious history of daylight
saving time (DST) . . . Prerau's account is well
researched and wryly presented."
all those who have been puzzled [about daylight
saving time], David Prerau's Seize the Daylight
finally provides some answers."
"Love it or hate
it, DST is a fascinating subject in Prerau's hands."
found the whole book a great deal of fun."
—ORSON SCOTT CARD, author
. . . The author's expertise, coupled with a brisk
and economic style, results in [an] authoritative
account, and he navigates a complex subject with
. . . ease."
—NEW YORK SUN
lively) history. "
—NEW YORK METRO
uncovers many captivating facts . . . Prerau's
mining of the best of these stories combines with
his candid and light writing style to make Seize
the Daylight a bright and agreeable read.
. . . Prerau's book is the liveliest chronicle
imaginable on this topic."
—KANSAS CITY STAR
"I had no idea
how complex and contentious has been the idea
of “saving” daylight during the summer
months until I read this book. The book is full
of wonderful anecdotes ... I read the book cover-to-cover
and thoroughly enjoyed it"
look at daylight time"
—KPC NEWSPAPERS, Indiana
—THE ASIAN REPORTER
detailed look at a familiar but underappreciated
subject. Who knew it required two centuries, a
couple of world wars, and a Supreme Court decision
to make daylight saving time a reality? After
reading David Prerau’s enjoyable and revealing
account, you’ll hope we never ‘fall
back’ to the dark days before daylight saving
—GERALD HELFERICH, author
of Humboldt’s Cosmos
and entertaining anecdotes ... A light-hearted,
easy read on the history and current events of
—EVANSVILLE (IN) COURIER
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