Rush Hour: How 500 Million Commuters Survive the Daily Journey to Work

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Each working day 500 million people across the planet experience the miracle and misery of commuting. Whether undertaken by car, bus, train or bicycle, the practice shapes our days and creates a time and a space for a surprisingly diverse range of activities. In RUSH HOUR, Iain Gately traces the past, present and future of commuting, from the age of Dickens to the potential of the driverless car. He examines the contrasting experiences of commuters in Britain and elsewhere in the world: from the crush-loaded salarymen of the Tokyo metro to the road-rage afflicted middle managers of America. Notwithstanding its occasional traumas, commuting emerges as a positive aspect of modern life. It has dictated the growth of cities; been proving ground for new technologies; and given countless people freedom of movement and the opportunity to improve their lives.

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IAIN GATELY was born in 1963 and brought up in Hong Kong. He studied law at Cambridge before working in corporate finance. He is the author of several critically acclaimed books including THE ASSESSOR, DRINK, and LA DIVA NICOTINA.

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"With the same ambitious sweep and needle-in-history's-haystack approach of his previous tome on tobacco, Gately takes on all things alcohol. . . . This may become a classic reference on the subject."  —Publishers Weekly on Drink


"As he did with Tobacco, his earlier cultural history, Gately offers what amounts to nothing less than a history of human civilization. . . . The wonder of it is its immense readability. . . . Buy it."  —National Post (Canada) on Drink


"A rich, complex history. . . . Deeply engaging and witty."  —Los Angeles Times on Tobacco

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