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Straphanger

How Subways, Buses And Trains Are Saving Our Cities

by Taras Grescoe

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Taras Grescoe has written books that have changed the way we look at illicit substances, in The Devil’s Picnic, and how we think about the world’s seafood, in Bottomfeeder. Now, as oil prices soar and suburbs continue to sprawl, Grescoe hits the commuter road in a global quest to understand and illuminate the challenges of the post-automobile age.

Ultimately, Straphanger’s subject is the city, and it offers a global tour of alternatives to car-based living, told through encounters with bicycle commuters, subway engineers, idealistic mayors and disillusioned trolley campaigners. Along the way, Grescoe meets libertarian apologists for the automobile, urbanists who defend suburban sprawl, champions of buses, rapid transit and light rail, and planners fighting to liberate cities from the empire of the automobile.

In a world of skyrocketing gas prices and political unrest in the oil-rich corners of the world, Straphanger is an essential book that addresses one of the most critical discussions of the near future.

About the Author

Taras Grescoe

TARAS GRESCOE is the author of six books, including the bestselling Bottomfeeder, which won the Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction, the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction and the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ Award for Literary Food Writing, and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. His books Sacré BluesThe End of Elsewhere and Straphanger were also Writers’ Trust Prize finalists. He lives in Montreal.Visit him online at www.tarasgrescoe.com or on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter @grescoe.

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