"Guroff does an admirable job reminding us of the bicycle's lasting influence. . . . Like them or loathe them, cyclists are reprising their initial role as adopters of disruptive technology. And Margaret Guroff's book provides a colorful and helpful map of where we've been and where we all might go from here."--Wall Street Journal"A bright, enthusiastic cultural history."--Kirkus Reviews"Good stories abound in Guroff's account."--Weekly Standard"Guroff has penned a fascinating account of how such a seemingly simple invention could have such a global impact."--Baltimore magazine" A] dazzling cultural history of the bicycle . . . . Along the ride, Guroff peppers these historical accounts with lively quotes from primary documents and her own sharp, modern insight. As she makes plain, it's not just cyclists who have bicycles to thank for the way they get around--it's everybody. And that makes The Mechanical Horse worth a read for the most avowed drivers, too."--CityLab.
About the Author
MARGARET GUROFFWashington, DCGuroff is a magazine editor. She is also the editor and publisher of Power Moby-Dick, an online annotation of Herman Melville's classic novel. She teaches writing at the Johns Hopkins University