- Narrated by: Liam Gerrard
- Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
- Release date: 08-17-21
A Brief History of Motion AudioBook Summary
Tom Standage’s fleet-footed and surprising global histories have delighted fans and sold hundreds of thousands of copies. Now, he returns with a provocative account of an overlooked form of technology – personal transportation – and explores how it has shaped societies and cultures over millennia.
Beginning around 3,500 BCE with the wheel – a device that didn’t catch on until a couple thousand years after its invention – Standage zips through the eras of horsepower, trains, and bicycles, revealing how each successive mode of transit embedded itself in the world we live in, from the geography of our cities to our experience of time to our notions of gender. Standage explores the social resistance to cars and the upheaval that their widespread adoption required. Cars changed how the world was administered, laid out, and policed, how it looked, sounded, and smelled – and not always in the ways we might have preferred.