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  • Published: 2 July 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473553163
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

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

  • Published: 2 July 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473553163
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

About the author

Matthew Crawford

Matthew Crawford is the author of The Case for Working with Your Hands: Or Why Office Work Is Bad For Us and Fixing Things Feels Good and The World Beyond Your Head: How to Flourish in an Age of Distraction, which have been translated around the world. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Sunday Times, Guardian, Independent, Wall Street Journal as well as numerous magazines and journals. Matthew is a senior fellow at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, lectures internationally and runs a motorcyle repair shop.

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Praise for Why We Drive

One of the most influential thinkers of our time

Sunday 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 life

DAVID 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 work

Financial 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 capitalism

Matthew 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 enjoyable

Louis de Bernières, The Times on The Case for Working


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