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Bicycle: The History

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ISBN13: 9780300120479
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Awards

Winner of the 2004 Award for Excellence in the History of Science sponsored by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers

Winner of the 2005 Sally Hacker Prize sponsored by the Society for the History of Technology

Synopses & Reviews

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In the twenty-first century we have all experienced new technologies that promise to change our lives. During the nineteenth century, the bicycle evoked an exciting new world in which even a poor person could travel afar and at will. But was the mechanical horse truly destined to usher in a new era of road travel or would it remain merely a plaything for dandies and schoolboys?

In this, the definitive history of the bicycle, David Herlihy recounts the saga of this far-reaching invention and the passions it aroused. The pioneer racer James Moore insisted the bicycle would become as common as umbrellas. Mark Twain was more skeptical, enjoining his readers to get a bicycle. You will not regret it: if you live.

Because we live in an age of cross-country bicycle racing and high-tech mountain bikes, we may overlook the decades of development and ingenuity that transformed the basic concept of human-powered transportation into a marvel of engineering. This lively and engrossing history retraces the extraordinary story of the bicycle; a history of disputed patents, brilliant inventions, and missed opportunities. Herlihy shows us why the bicycle captured the public's imagination and the myriad ways in which it reshaped our world.

Review:

"Mr. Herlihy concentrates on [the bicycle's] social history, especially its manufacturers and riders. Culling from the popular press, he builds a very readable account of the public perception of the bicycle as it moved from one stage to another. The book is also one of the best-illustrated histories I have ever seen. It is a delight to leaf through." Wall Street Journal

Review:

"Fun and informative." Baltimore Sun

Review:

"A work of real scholarly integrity, towering above most alternatives of the genre....Herlihy's style and presentation make sagas of legal struggles and technical design fascinating to any reader. Peppered throughout with lovely illustrations and boasting an impressive index, Bicycle should serve as the standard in years to come." The Ride Magazine

Review:

"Abundant primary and secondary materials...lavish use of illustrations. The visuals are reason enough to spend hours with this book....The book more than lives up to its billing as 'definitive.'" Sunday Oregonian

Review:

"A copiously illustrated history of one of the most efficient and utilitarian machines of all time — perfect for any serious cyclist." Seattle Times

Synopsis:

This lively and lavishly illustrated book tells the extraordinary history of the bicycle, an invention that precipitated nothing short of a social revolution. Recounting a story replete with disputed patents, brilliant inventions, and missed opportunities, David Herlihy shows us why the bicycle captured the publics imagination and the myriad ways it has reshaped our world. 

“A comprehensive genealogy of the two-wheeled savior of mass transit. . . . Herlihy takes what could have been just another history book and makes it a story worth telling your friends about.”—Publishers Weekly      

"Fun and informative."—Baltimore Sun 

“Immensely absorbing.”—Edward Koren, New York Times Book Review

"Lovingly written and beautifully illustrated."—David Schoonmaker, American Scientist 

“A delight.”—Robert Messenger, Wall Street Journal 

“Herlihy has traced the bicycles family tree with a thoroughness reminiscent of Laura Hillenbrand and her thoroughbred, Seabiscuit. . . . Bicycle is a good read for all and a must for the cyclists home library.”—Joe Simnacher, Dallas Morning News

"[One of] the best cycling-related books I've seen in the past decade."—Joe Lindsey, Mountain Bike

About the Author

David V. Herlihy is a historian and freelance writer. He has been interested in bicycle technology since his days as a member of the Harvard Cycling Club, and for the past decade he has researched extensively the invention and early development of the bicycle. His work has been featured on National Public Radio and Voice of America and in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, and Historic Preservation. In 1999 Herlihy received the McNair History Award from the Wheelmen, the preeminent American association of antique bicycle collectors. He lives in Hull, Massachusetts.

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Lars Adam Johnson, January 23, 2013 (view all comments by Lars Adam Johnson)
Anyone interested in the history and technology of the bicycle will find this beautifully illustrated and well researched tome to be a rewarding read. While providing an incredible treasure trove of information the author maintains a well paced and entertaining style of prose. This is the best general reference on bicycles that I have ever encountered and it refuses to stay on the shelf but constantly makes its way back to my bedstand and desk.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780300120479
Author:
Herlihy, David V.
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Credits:
Cube, Ice
Credits:
Miyeni, Eric
Credits:
Temple, Julien
Author:
Herlihy, David V.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Cycling - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Bicycling General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
August 2006
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
98 b/w + 115 color illus.
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in 2.4 lb

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Product details 480 pages Yale University Press - English 9780300120479 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Mr. Herlihy concentrates on [the bicycle's] social history, especially its manufacturers and riders. Culling from the popular press, he builds a very readable account of the public perception of the bicycle as it moved from one stage to another. The book is also one of the best-illustrated histories I have ever seen. It is a delight to leaf through."
"Review" by , "Fun and informative."
"Review" by , "A work of real scholarly integrity, towering above most alternatives of the genre....Herlihy's style and presentation make sagas of legal struggles and technical design fascinating to any reader. Peppered throughout with lovely illustrations and boasting an impressive index, Bicycle should serve as the standard in years to come."
"Review" by , "Abundant primary and secondary materials...lavish use of illustrations. The visuals are reason enough to spend hours with this book....The book more than lives up to its billing as 'definitive.'"
"Review" by , "A copiously illustrated history of one of the most efficient and utilitarian machines of all time — perfect for any serious cyclist."
"Synopsis" by ,
This lively and lavishly illustrated book tells the extraordinary history of the bicycle, an invention that precipitated nothing short of a social revolution. Recounting a story replete with disputed patents, brilliant inventions, and missed opportunities, David Herlihy shows us why the bicycle captured the publics imagination and the myriad ways it has reshaped our world. 

“A comprehensive genealogy of the two-wheeled savior of mass transit. . . . Herlihy takes what could have been just another history book and makes it a story worth telling your friends about.”—Publishers Weekly      

"Fun and informative."—Baltimore Sun 

“Immensely absorbing.”—Edward Koren, New York Times Book Review

"Lovingly written and beautifully illustrated."—David Schoonmaker, American Scientist 

“A delight.”—Robert Messenger, Wall Street Journal 

“Herlihy has traced the bicycles family tree with a thoroughness reminiscent of Laura Hillenbrand and her thoroughbred, Seabiscuit. . . . Bicycle is a good read for all and a must for the cyclists home library.”—Joe Simnacher, Dallas Morning News

"[One of] the best cycling-related books I've seen in the past decade."—Joe Lindsey, Mountain Bike

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