Saving The Daylight: Why We Put The Clocks Forward

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Granta Publications, Mar 6, 2014 - History
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Benjamin Franklin conceived it. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle endorsed it. Winston Churchill campaigned for it. Kaiser Wilhelm first employed it. Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt went to war with it. Every spring the clocks go forward, and every autumn they go back. Saving the Daylight explores for the first time the contentious, and often entertaining, story of this deceptively simple attempt to regulate the sunlight hours. Throughout its surprisingly controversial history, Daylight Saving Time has been claimed to have influenced a wide variety of areas, including agricultural practices, the reporting of sports scores, street crime, voter turnout and many other, sometimes unexpected aspects of daily life. The book brings together the historical, political and technical aspects of the fascinating story behind the movement for DST, with many light and offbeat anecdotes.

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Nice little microhistory of the struggle to save the world a little energy and a lot of frustration by making time uniform within time zones. Most countries in the world that aren't equatorial or ... Read full review

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User Review  - JBD1 -

I fully expected that this book—like daylight saving time itself—would make me want to set my hair on fire. But Prerau managed to write a dispassionate and very detailed history of the biannual ... Read full review

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David Prerau has a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is one of the world's foremost experts on daylight saving time. He has authored/co-authored three extensive U. S. Government reports to Congress on DST, and has written two books, Developing and Managing Expert Systems and Worldwide Intelligent Systems.

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