A few more early reviews have come in, including a starred review from Library Journal.
“Fascinating… could not have come at a better time.” Library Journal.
While Business Week notes, “Tom Vanderbilt uncovers a raft of counterintuitive facts about what happens when we get behind the wheel, and why.”
And while we’re indulging in this orgy of self-promotion, let’s not forget the original good words that will adorn the book back’s jacket:
“Tom Vanderbilt is one of our best and most interesting writers, with an extraordinary knack for looking at everyday life and explaining, in wonderful and entertaining detail, how it really works. That’s never been more true than with Traffic, where he takes a subject that we all deal with (and worry about), and lets us see it through new eyes. In the process, he helps us understand better not just the highway, but the world. It doesn’t matter whether you drive or take the bus–you’re going to want to read this book.”
–James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds
“A great, deep, multidisciplinary investigation of the dynamics and the psychology of traffic jams. It is fun to read. Anyone who spends more than 19 minutes a day in traffic should read this book.”
–Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author The Black Swan
“Fascinating, illuminating, and endlessly entertaining as well. Vanderbilt shows how a sophisticated understanding of human behavior can illuminate one of the modern world’s most basic and most mysterious endeavors. You’ll learn a lot; and the life you save may be your own.”
–Cass R. Sunstein, coauthor of Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
“Everyone who drives–and many people who don’t–should read this book. It is a psychology book, a popular science book, and a how-to-save-your-life manual, all rolled into one. I found it gripping and fascinating from the very beginning to the very end.”
–Tyler Cowen, author of Discover Your Inner Economist