The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time
David S. Prerau
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.