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Spring Forward

Spring Forward

(2005)
A non fiction book by

 
Michael Downing is obsessed with Daylight Saving, the loopy idea that became the most persistent political controversy in American history. Almost one hundred years after Congressmen and lawmakers in every state first debated, ridiculed, and then passionately embraced the possibility of saving an hour of daylight, no one can say for sure why we are required by law to change our clocks twice a year. Who first proposed the scheme? The most authoritative sources agree it was a Pittsburgh industrialist, Woodrow Wilson, a man on a horse in London, a Manhattan socialite, Benjamin Franklin, one of the Caesars, or the anonymous makers of ancient Chinese and Japanese water clocks.

Spring Forward is a portrait of public policy in the 20th century, a perennially boiling cauldron of unsubstantiated science, profiteering masked as piety, and mysteriously shifting time-zone boundaries. It is a true-to-life social comedy with Congress in the leading role, surrounded by a supporting cast of opportunistic ministers, movie moguls, stockbrokers, labor leaders, sports fanatics, and railroad execs.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time
Author(s): Michael Downing
ISBN: 1-59376-053-1 / 978-1-59376-053-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
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Paperback Editions

February 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time
Author(s): Michael Downing
ISBN: 1-58243-495-6 / 978-1-58243-495-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: Spring Forward
Author(s): Michael Downing
ISBN: 1-59376-106-6 / 978-1-59376-106-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Shoemaker & Hoard, Div of Avalon Publishing Group Inc
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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