• Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says about Us)

    Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says about Us) (CD-Audio) By (author) Tom Vanderbilt, Read by David Slavin


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    DescriptionDriving is a fact of life. We are all spending more and more time on the road, and traffic is an issue we face everyday. This audiobook will make you think about it in a whole new light. We have always had a passion for cars and driving. Now" Traffic" offers us an exceptionally rich understanding of that passion. Vanderbilt explains why traffic jams form, outlines the unintended consequences of our attempts to engineer safety and even identifies the most common mistakes drivers make in parking lots. Based on exhaustive research and interviews with driving experts and traffic officials around the globe, "Traffic" gets under the hood of the quotidian activity of driving to uncover the surprisingly complex web of physical, psychological and technical factors that explain how traffic works.

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    Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says about Us)
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tom Vanderbilt, Read by David Slavin
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Number of pages: 5
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 150 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    ISBN 13: 9780739370322
    ISBN 10: 0739370324

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    LC subject heading:
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC21: 629.283
    B&T General Subject: 750
    B&T Approval Code: A31010200
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: WGCB
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000
    BIC subject category V2: JHB
    DC22: 629.283
    Ingram Subject Code: KN
    Libri: I-KN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 57440
    B&T Approval Code: A86303200
    DC22: 629.28/3
    BISAC V2.8: TRA001000
    B&T Approval Code: A35010200
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    LC classification: TL152.5 .V36 2008B
    Thema V1.0: WGC, JHB
    Edition statement
    abridged edition
    Random House Audio Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Random House Audio Publishing Group
    Publication date
    29 July 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Tom Vanderbilt writes about design, technology, science and culture for Wired, Slate, The New York Times and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn and drives a 2001 Volvo V40. From the Hardcover edition.
    Review quote
    "Traffic gets about as close to the heart of modern existence as any book could get . . . Engagingly written, meticulously researched, endlessly interesting and informative, [it] is one of those rare books that comes out of the depths of nowhere." -Jonathan Yardley, "The Washington Post Book World " "A surprising, enlightening look at the psychology of human beings behind the steering wheels . . . Jammed with delicious you've-got-to-be-kidding moments . . . My solution to the nation's vehicular woes would be to make this good book required reading for anyone applying for a driver's license." -Mary Roach, "The New York Times Book Review " "Smart and comprehensive . . . A shrewd tour of the much-experienced but little-understood world of driving . . . A balanced and instructive discussion on how to improve our policies toward the inexorable car . . . Vanderbilt's book is likely to remain relevant well into the new century." -Edward L. Glaeser, "The New Republic " "A delightful tour through the mysteries and manners of driving."-Tony Dokoupil, "Newsweek " "A breezy . . . well-researched . . . examination of the strange interaction of humanity and multiton metal boxes that can roar along at . . . 60 m.p.h. or sit for hours in bumper-to-bumper traffic." -Patrick T. Reardon, "Chicago Tribune " "Traffic will definitely change the way you think about driving, which also means changing the way you think about being human." -Michael Agger, "Slate" "[A] joyride in the often surprising landscape of traffic science and psychology." -Abigail Tucker, "Smithsonian Magazine" "Tom Vanderbilt is one of our best and most interesting writers, with an extraordinary knack for looking at everyday life and explaining, in wonderful and entertaining detail, how it really works. That's never been more true than with Traffic, where he takes a subject that we all deal with (and worry about), and lets us see it through new eyes. In the