Door to Door

Door to Door

The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation

Book - 2016 | First edition
Average Rating:
Rate this:
"[E]xplores the daily miracles and madness behind our have-it-now, same-day-delivery world, revealing just what it takes--and costs--to move us and our stuff door to door"--Dust jacket flap.
Contents: Introduction : the three-million-mile commute
Morning alarm
The ghost in the can
Morning brew
Four airliners a week
Friday the Thirteenth
Pizza, ports, and Valentines
The ladies of logistics
Angels Gate
The ballet in motion
The last mile
Peak travel
Robots in paradise
The next door
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: 388 H
Characteristics: vii, 372 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780062372079


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

May 17, 2016

His documentation of the role transportation plays in our modern world is fascinating. Surprising in places like the fact that the significant carbon footprint of ocean shipping is "off book". Our 'stuff' and its innards really do get around! His discussion of today's auto transport tends towards a rant but the picture he paints of what self-driving cars and uber/lift might evolve into was revealing.

Apr 23, 2016

This is a stupendous book, Mr. Humes always researches his subjects to the max - - and to a fanatical researcher such as myself, this is no small praise!
Problem, at times the author goes murky on important stuff. At various points he simply doesn't connect the dots of those for types of transportation, those against modes of transportation, and the financial powers-that-be. [E.g., not in this book but a sterling example: Seattle and the monorail. They've spent tons of money to build everything underground here {which costs 100 times more than above the surface} and gone against the monorail, which would have solved many of the travel woes here long ago, because the Community Development Roundtable, the super-rich who call the shots, want it that way!]
Humes does mention outsourcing and offshoring, but never connects them to the story. He briefly mentions the longshore slowdown on the West Coast, but NEVER mentions that the cause - - absolutely unreported except possibly in USA Today - - was the offshoring of longshore jobs!
On p. 38 he provides us with a nebulous argument for offshoring manufacturing jobs - - insufficient, and how EXACTLY would he apply that to offshoring scientists' jobs, engineering jobs, programmer jobs, attorney jobs, doctors' jobs, et cetera, et cetera?!?!?!?
Why I must give a great book only 3 1/2 stars, I'm afraid . . .


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at Skokie Public Library

To Top