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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.


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)
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 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
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
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

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