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Seize the Daylight:

The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time

Paperback (272 pages)
Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom and have a longer blanket.

Seize the Daylight:

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 policymakers. It 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.

Illustrated with a popular look at science and history, Seize the Daylight presents an intriguing and surprisingly entertaining story of our attempt to regulate the sunlight hours.

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  • 07 Dec 41: The "sleeping giant" is abruptly awakened
  • 10 Feb 42: Congress imposes Daylight Saving Time to conserve fuel
  • 01 May 45: Hamburg Radio announces Hitler is dead
  • 30 Sep 45: Mandatory Daylight Savings Time is finally rescinded

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