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Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time Hardcover – March 10, 2005
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The US adopted DST in 1918, but repealed it just a year later; the repeal was sparked by protests by farmers, who were among the first, though certainly not the last, to insist on a return to what they viewed as "God's time." How God came to divide the day into twenty-four hours, however, they did not clarify.Read more ›
Certainly Downing provides information in Spring Forward that Prerau does not include in his book. Downing offers a fuller account of the 1966 U.S. legislation that regularized (more or less) DST, and he writes about the attempts of various Pacific island states to profit from the millennial celebrations by tinkering with their clocks. But on the whole Prerau's Seize the Daylight is the more thorough and informative of the two books. Prerau's approach to the subject is easier to follow and, frankly, his book is simply a more interesting read. If you have the time, as it were, by all means read both books. But if you're going to read just one book about DST, I recommend you make it Prerau's Seize the Daylight.
Debra Hamel -- author of Trying Neaira: The True Story of a Courtesan's Scandalous Life in Ancient Greece (Yale University Press, 2003)
Downing begins with Congress's passage of a Daylight Saving bill in 1918 only to be repealed a year later. The ensuing chaos is worth the price of the book. State legislatures, local governments and citizens up in arms tried (and often succeeded) in changing the time that would suit themselves or their constituents best. The book is full of witty anecdotes. On April 24, 1932 he cites two persons who "died" of DST....the first account tells of a Chicago woman who climbed a ladder to change her clock, fell, and broke her neck. On the same day a Pennsylvania man who was so concerned about getting together a petition to repeal Daylight Saving Time died of a heart attack. Downing, however, has many serious points in his references. I couldn't quite believe it when I read that for years China, geographically as large as the United States, had only one time zone!
"Spring Forward" delves into the proponents and opponents of DST and how they've jockeyed for positions of power on the subject. It is an exposure of years of government dithering and Downing delivers a quick thrust of the knife into the heart of political cowardice. I heartily recommend this book as a quick, easy, informative and very funny read on the subject of Daylight Saving Time.
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Factually interesting, but somewhat all over the place when it came to the author's opinion. I would have liked to see more of a conclusion. Instead, it just kind of ended. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michael J Daugelli
I've always been fascinated by timekeeping and time zones. This then was a greatly enjoyable read.Published 10 months ago by John Meyer
An entertaining and informative look at the controversial history of the origins of Daylight Saving Time. I'm glad to see there were a lot of folks opposed to the idea as I am. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Dayling Saving Time as we call it dates back to Benjamin Franklin counting candle as he wrote as the evening wore on and as the morning awoke. Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Richard Wiggins
I appreciate the insight this slim book offers into the ridiculous evolution of a widespread and arbitrary convention. Read morePublished on September 8, 2013 by Michelle Jennifer
This a very interesting book telling the story about how the Daylight Saving Time (DST) was established in the U.S. Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by alfredo guagnelli
The author does a much better job of explaining the rationale behind DST and the political controversy that attended it for most of the 20th century than does Seize the Daylight:... Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by bellczar
This book is a history of the madness and divisiveness surrounding Daylight Saving Time that continues to this day. Read morePublished on December 28, 2011 by brian d foy
The discussion that takes place in this book is at times as confusing as the concept of Daylight Saving Time. Read morePublished on April 28, 2010 by Gavin Finefield