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Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time


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Benjamin Franklin conceived of it. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle endorsed it. Winston Churchill campaigned for it. Kaiser Wilhelm first employed it. Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt went to war with it, and more recently the United States fought an energy crisis with it. For several months every year, for better or worse, daylight savings time affects vast numbers of people throughout the world. And from Ben Franklin's era to today, its story has been an intriguing and sometimes bizarre amalgam of colorful personalities and serious technical issues, purported costs and perceived benefits, conflicts between interest groups and government policy makers. Daylight savings time impacts diverse and unexpected areas, including agricultural practices, street crime, the reporting of sports scores, traffic accidents, the inheritance rights of twins, and voter turnout.

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David Prerau holds a Ph.D. from M.I.T. and has coauthored three U.S. government reports to Congress on the effects of daylight savings time. He works as a senior "knowledge expert" and specializes in artificial intelligence. He lives in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

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Debra Hamel/book-blog.com, February 11, 2007 (view all comments by Debra Hamel/book-blog.com)
In Seize the Daylight author David Prerau traces the history of Daylight Saving Time from the late 18th century to the modern era. The implementation of DST was neither quick nor straightforward. Transforming the story of its adoption into a readable narrative is a great accomplishment. Prerau's book is packed with information, some of it surprising: I'd had no idea that it was standard as late as the 19th century for communities to determine their time locally, so that time from town to town varied by minutes depending on how communities were situated from one another longitudinally. Prerau sometimes errs on the side of including too many details in his book, but for the most part the story he tells is fascinating. Seize the Daylight is as informative as it is interesting to read, shedding light as it does on a convention that quietly informs our daily lives.
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Prerau, David
Thunder's Mouth Press
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Daylight saving.
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