Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time

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Thunder's Mouth Press, Feb 1, 2006 - History - 256 pages
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Benjamin Franklin conceived of 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, and more recently the United States fought an energy crisis with it.

For several months every year, for better or worse, daylight savings time affects vast numbers of people throughout the world. And from Ben Franklin's era to today, its story has been an intriguing and sometimes bizarre amalgam of colorful personalities and serious technical issues, purported costs and perceived benefits, conflicts between interest groups and government policy makers. Daylight savings time impacts diverse and unexpected areas, including agricultural practices, street crime, the reporting of sports scores, traffic accidents, the inheritance rights of twins, and voter turnout.

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User Review  - JBD1 - LibraryThing

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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User Review  - OliviainNJ - LibraryThing

Prerau's book is easy to read though not particularly witty; really, a straight history of the concept of swapping an hour of darkness when "most people are asleep anyway" for an hour of light at the ... Read full review

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David Prerau holds a Ph.D. from M.I.T. and has coauthored three U.S. government reports to Congress on the effects of daylight savings time. He works as a senior "knowledge expert" and specializes in artificial intelligence. He lives in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

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