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The Great Daylight Saving Time Controversy by Chris Pearce - Guest Blogger Book Review

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Daylight saving time has been described as one of the most controversial issues in modern history. This encyclopedia of daylight saving time commemorates 100 years of the scheme since it was first introduced nationally in 1916 by European countries on both sides of World War I to save fuel.

The book examines the origins of daylight saving, including the historical development of calendars, clocks, standard time, and the idea of changing the clock to give more daylight late in the day. It looks at the history of daylight saving in every country that has ever used the measure. It also analyses daylight saving in each state of the US, Australia and Brazil, and each Canadian province.

It features many intriguing and often prolonged battles between advocates and critics of daylight saving in countries around the world, as well as lighter moments. It highlights the determination of daylight saving time champions such as the UK’s William Willett, the US’s Robert Garland and Harley Staggers, New Zealand’s Thomas Sidey and Tasmania’s John Steer. It delves into the chaotic daylight saving situations that emerged, notably in the US and Canada, but also elsewhere. Every country and sometimes each state has a different and usually controversial story to tell.

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Jennifer's Review
This is my review of The Great Daylight Saving Time Controversy.
It’s a very long book, about 600 pages or so. I got bored about halfway through. Sorry.
It was a very interesting book. I’ve always been fascinated by the way time works and how our calendar became what it is today. This is a good book for those who are interested in that stuff.
I give it 3 stars.

Author Bio
Chris Pearce was born in Surrey, UK, and grew up in Melbourne, Australia. He worked as a public servant (federal and state) for 25 years and in the business sector for 13 years. He has a background in economics, statistics, accounting, management, marketing, history, research, writing and editing. The Great Daylight Saving Time Controversy is his third book. His others are a historical novel set in Manchester, UK, A Weaver's Web, and an account of an early Australian convict, Through the Eyes of Thomas Pamphlett: Convict and Castaway. In addition to writing books, his other interests include family history and tenpin bowling. He and his wife live in Brisbane, Australia.

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  1. Thanks Jennifer. Yeah, I guess it’s not the type of book most people would read cover to cover, but I’m glad you felt that what you read was very interesting. Daylight saving is a controversial topic with most people either liking it or hating it. Not too many on the fence, like me.


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