Why We Drive
On Freedom, Risk and Taking Back Control
An irreverent and ingenious celebration of the rebellious human spirit vs corporate technocracy
Why We Drive is a rebellious and daring celebration of the human spirit and the competence of ordinary people by the bestselling author of The Case for Working with Your Hands.
Once we were drivers on the open road.
Today we are more often in the back seat of an Uber.
As we hurtle toward a 'self-driving' future, are we destined to become passengers in our own lives too?
In Why We Drive, the philosopher and mechanic Matthew Crawford celebrates the risk, skill and freedom of driving. He reveals what we are losing to technology and government control in the modern world, and speaks up for play, dissent and occasionally being scared witless.
'Fascinating... A pleasure to read' Sunday Times
'Persuasive and thought-provoking... A vivid and heartfelt manifesto' Observer
Praise for Why We Drive
One of the most influential thinkers of our timeSunday Times
Matthew Crawford is the grand master of the everyday. He alerts us to the deeper meaning in ordinary activities, such as driving a car, and how they connect to concerns about freedom, responsibility and moral choice. Even if you have no interest in driving you will find yourself swept up by his elegant prose and glad to find his humane intelligence doing battle with some of the most troubling trends in modern lifeDAVID GOODHART, author of The Road to Somewhere
A next-generation Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance to rally the millions who feel emotionally disconnected from workFinancial Times on The Case for Working with Your Hands
The best book I have read for ages ... a profound exploration of modern education, work and capitalismMatthew d'Ancona, Telegraph on The Case for Working...
A philosophy of how life should be lived, how children should be educated and how economies should be run ... Full of interesting stories and thought-provoking aperçus enlivened with humour ... Important, memorable and enjoyableLouis de Bernières, The Times on The Case for Working
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