Matthew B. Crawford is the author of Shop Class as Soulcraft and The World Beyond Your Head. He is a senior fellow at the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. He earned a PhD in Political Philosophy from the University of Chicago, specializing in ancient political thought; he majored in physics as an undergraduate at UC Santa Barbara. Crawford has been working on cars since the age of fifteen and currently drives a 1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia.
Perfectly captures the basic instinct that drives the common
gearhead, the need for movement.--David Booth, Driving
A pleasure to read ... His thesis demands that he convey the pleasure of driving, and he's up to the task ... And he addresses some huge, fascinating issues: how people retain self-respect when computers are deskilling them, and sovereignty over their lives when computers are spying on them. Much of modern life raises these questions, but people's relationship with their cars perhaps best exemplifies them ... an enjoyable, scenic cruise round a fascinating landscape.
--Sunday Times (London)
A thoughtful, entertaining and substantive work about the joys of driving--and about the attempts by various scolds to relegate that joy, and similar expressions of independence.--Wall Street Journal
Crawford writes ecstatically of driving, evoking the sense of release and agency of flooring it out of the city as "a shady country road reels out ahead in rhythmic curves." ... But Why We Drive is about driving like Moby-Dick is about whaling. ... Crawford has something important to say.--San Francisco Chronicle
Matthew Crawford's heartfelt riposte to a 'smart' future of driverless cars is persuasive and thought-provoking. ... A vivid and heartfelt manifesto against the drift of our world, against the loss of individual agency and the human pleasure of acquired skill and calculated risk.--The Guardian
A passionate appeal to the importance of the autonomous individual in the face of the dehumanizing pressure of automation. ... This book will have you pining for the freedom the open road.--Kirkus Reviews
A pleasure to read ... Addresses some huge, fascinating issues: how people retain self-respect when computers are deskilling them, and sovereignty over their lives when computers are spying on them. Much of modern life raises these questions, but people's relationship with their cars perhaps best exemplifies them ... An enjoyable, scenic cruise round a fascinating landscape.--Sunday Times (London)
Absorbing. ... Why We Drive is about a freedom that is being lost to the cynics of surveillance.. ... A defense of felt life against the intrusions of the technocrats. ... Plain funny.--New Statesman