Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving

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Counterpoint Press, Feb 1, 2006 - History - 202 pages
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Michael Downing is obsessed with Daylight Saving, a loopy idea that became the most persistent political controversy in American history. Almost one hundred years ago, lawmakers across the country first debated, ridiculed, and then passionately embraced the possibility of saving an hour of daylight. To this day, no one can say for sure why we are required by law to change our clocks twice a year. Who first proposed the scheme?
Downing unravels the worldwide confusion occasioned by decades of clock manipulation. He sifts through a century of Congressional hearings and contemporary newspaper reporting to offer a portrait of public policy in the 20th century, a perennially boiling stew of unsubstantiated science, profiteering masked as piety, and mysteriously shifting time-zone boundaries. It is a true-to-life social comedy with Congress in the leading role, surrounded by a supporting cast of opportunistic ministers, movie moguls, stockbrokers, labor leaders, educators, sports fanatics, and farmers. This dizzyingly hilarious debate seems destined to continue for as long as we ask one another, “What time is it?”
  

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Review: Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time

User Review  - kingshearte - Goodreads

I am totally a Daylight Saving Time hater. I'll admit, though, that my hate is due mainly to just one week or so in the spring. For most of my working life (and I think even much of my school life, as ... Read full review

Review: Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time

User Review  - Frank Roberts - Goodreads

Amusing account of the disjointed history of Daylight Saving time, with a focus on US policy, but also covering the rest of the world. If nothing else, a chronicle of human folly. Read full review

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Contents

The Infinite Hour
1
The Farmer in the Dew
19
Moon over Miami
35
Banking on the Big Apple
39
Capitol Sports
57
Mean Time
71
Split Decisions
87
Men of the Hour
101
Out of Uniform
119
Lawmakers and Jawbreakers
129
Millennial Fever
153
Acknowledgments
171
Index
191
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Downing teaches creative writing at Tufts University.

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