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Book Review: The Great Daylight Saving Time Controversy

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The Great Daylight Saving Time Controversy by Chris Pearce is an amazing work done by the author where it catalogs nearly everything you need to know about Day Light Saving.

The author actually provides in his book a complete and thorough historical background of how the concept of Daylight Saving Time began.

It covers the last 100 years since 1916 where the European countries decided to adopt it to save fuel.

The book is divided into four parts which are independent, meaning you don’t have to read the first part to understand the second one and so on.

I didn’t know that something that we have today as a given had such a turmoil history. It is amazing to read that at some point in the past cities in the same area used different times!

Politics and economic interests were always conflicting and interacted with each other.

I enjoyed very much mostly the first part of the book where the history of the whole thing started. Sumerians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans and so on.

Also, Benjamin’s Franklin involvement with time daylight saving when he was in Paris was a fascinating read.

What the book as the author says is indeed an encyclopedia of the history, development, and application of day light saving time.

If you really want to learn about this fascinating subject, then I highly recommend this excellent book. It is a lengthy book but the writing style is addictive and keeps you going.

I live in Cyprus, so we change the time twice a year. End of March and end of October. After reading this book, I now understand even better all the implications of these changes. I now know how these alterations affect me as a person and also how they affect the environment around me, in all of its aspects.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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