Audible Carjacked Author Catherine Lutz –

Goes into detail on every facet of the automobile s effect upon the American lifestyle and how it developed the standing it has Economics, politics, health, all are touched upon and give an excellent breakdown. As one who found his or her wheels relatively late in the game I was pleased to see a book that would DARE to critique our car culture Often paid lip service towaste of gas, too lazy to walk, three car householdyeah, it s a necessary tool is someways, but it also makes tools of some of us because we have lost touch with our sole meeting the pavement on a spring day Do we need a car Check your VIN number at the door, flick through the Dewey Decimation System, and put the pedal to the metal, pop the clutch, flick your highbeams, and poke around under the hood, cuz baby you are along for the ride so hang on there ain t no seatbelts in this kit car Vrooom, vrooom Pull your top down, twist the headlights, and let out a high beam, baby. Carjacked Is An In Depth Look At Our Obsession With Cars While The Automobile S Contribution To Global Warming And The Effects Of Volatile Gas Prices Is Widely Known, The Problems We Face Every Day Because Of Our Cars Are Much Widespread And Yet Much Less Known From The Surprising , That The Average Family Pays Each Year For The Vehicles It Owns, To The Increase In Rates Of Obesity And Asthma To Which Cars Contribute, To The , Deaths And Million Crash Injuries Each And Every Year Carjacked Details The Complex Impact Of The Automobile On Modern Society And Shows Us How To Develop A Healthier, Cheaper, And Greener Relationship With Cars Good book, let down by a kind of weak call to action This book is about the automobile and how it has shaped American culture and society Of course, nothing it says about cars is positive Cars affect our health, social life, economy, etc., all in a negative way The authors send special venom towards the auto industry, which sells cars with marketing that masks all the bad things that they do It makes me want to sell my car and move to a city where I can live without one. This is a meticulousy researched and interviewed paean to the compelling power of the car The authors spend the last 10% of the book suggesting alternatives to using the car quite so much, but the star of this book is overwhelmingly the car in traffic.I did appreciate much of the researched information herein, though I had never seen an estimate of the number of parking spaces 105 million or the average time spent in a car 18.5 hours a week These are great stats I just wish the authors had used stats than vignettes to make their arguments. Ok, so this is an interesting book Interesting, yeslife altering, nowell, at least not for me.While I will say that this book takes a figurative and literally heavy topic and makes it approachable, this just wasn t a book I enjoyed There are some great points, but for me, personally, nothing was ground breakingit is far too general for that That being said, this could be a great book for book clubs or beginning environmentalists social activists to jump start their dialogue. An interesting examination of car culture in America Appropriately solutions focused, though occasionally a bit depressing My favorite part of this book was the personal anecdotes gleaned from the authors years of interviews with car owners from around the country, which lent credibility and charisma to their arguments. This book is of a 3.5 5 star read Not quite a four, but really above average I purchased this book after going to a talk by the authors They made a convincing case for their argument that North American car culture needs to be reformed I think that the most interesting part of this book, the part that really made me analyze my own values, was the discussion of advertising and cars as a status symbol Though I drive a late 90s model Toyota Tercel that doesn t even have power windows and therefore you wouldn t think I m someone who cares about what my car looks like , I realize that I do have a personal image of myself that is wrapped up in what kind of car I wish I drove I mean, it would still be sensible, small, and not very flashy, but until reading this book my ideal car would have a good stereo, be sporty, be younger I now question those values upon realizing that they have simply been sold to me by advertising I thought I was immune to Yeah right Now I m trying to not care about my ugly but practical car paid for with cash, I might add I m also trying to avoid driving somewhere to buy something I think I ll stick with walking and riding my bike from now on If you have a car that s so you , or an idea of a dream car that would suit you, you might want to think about where you got the idea that personal identity is wrapped up in automobile ownershipand read this book. Carjacked is a bit dated as a research and policy book seven years old but it continually came up in my suggestions for books about urban planning It does have some good research, some good insights, but I do wish it had recommendations.Car culture has not improved since Carjacked was written, and the lack of monies made available for projects in the wake of the Great Recession has not helped matters.My home state for example has decreased its investment in public transportation, instead making it unaffordable to ride and less stops which ultimately make it an extremely inconvenient way to travel.Hopefully we as a society can find the will to implement solutions for the betterment of all.