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Author: Edward Humes Narrator: Marc Cashman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2016 ISBN: 9780062446121
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Garbology explores the hidden and costly wonders of our buy-it-now, get-it-today world of transportation, revealing the surprising truths, mounting challenges, and logistical magic behind every trip we take and every click we make.

Transportation dominates our daily existence. Thousands, even millions, of miles are embedded in everything we do and touch. We live in a door-to-door universe that works so well most Americans are scarcely aware of it. The grand ballet in which we move ourselves and our stuff is equivalent to building the Great Pyramid, the Hoover Dam, and the Empire State Building all in a day. Every day. And yet, in the one highly visible part of the transportation world—the part we drive—we suffer grinding commutes, a violent death every fifteen minutes, a dire injury every twelve seconds, and crumbling infrastructure.

Now, the way we move ourselves and our stuff is on the brink of great change, as a new mobility revolution upends the car culture that, for better and worse, built modern America. This unfolding revolution will disrupt lives and global trade, transforming our commutes, our vehicles, our cities, our jobs, and every aspect of culture, commerce, and the environment. We are, quite literally, at a fork in the road, though whether it will lead us to Carmageddon or Carmaheaven has yet to be determined.

Using interviews, data and deep exploration of the hidden world of ports, traffic control centers, and the research labs defining our transportation future, acclaimed journalist Edward Humes breaks down the complex movements of humans, goods, and machines as never before, from increasingly car-less citizens to the distance UPS goes to deliver a leopard-printed phone case. Tracking one day in the life of his family in Southern California, Humes uses their commutes, traffic jams, grocery stops, and online shopping excursions as a springboard to explore the paradoxes and challenges inherent in our system. He ultimately makes clear that transportation is one of the few big things we can change—our personal choices do have a profound impact, and that fork in the road is coming up fast.

Door to Door is a fascinating detective story, investigating the worldwide cast of supporting characters and technologies that have enabled us to move from here to there—past, present, and future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “So much effort goes to moving our bodies and our stuff around. And as this book makes very clear, it could be done so much better! A fascinating read.”

    Bill McKibben, inductee of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

  • “A rallying point for culturewide change. Hume’s tireless curation of figure and fact, his well-reasoned arguments, and his uncluttered, well-ordered prose may turn the ship that’s just begun to budge.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This timely book will inspire many readers to change their habits and their views of the future.”


  • “These chapters are as entertaining as they are informative, offering a fascinating look at how consumers acquire goods and the realistic price of that process.”

    Library Journal

  • “An informative and briskly told ‘transportation detective story’…A revealing look at the reality and impact of our ‘buy-it-now, same-day-delivery, traffic-packed world.’”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Marc Cashman is a skillful narrator who brings accuracy and vigor to whatever he reads…He sounds excited as he reads about the revolution in international shipping…Cashman’s approach makes this audiobook both informative and enjoyable.”


  • “An eye-opening account of the massive physical systems that support our increasingly digital world.”

    Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class

  • “Humes takes readers on a million-mile journey that crosses intersections of public policy, megacorporations, and local communities, and ends up at the kitchen counter. By looking across an entire system, he reveals the true impact of our consumer-driven, next-day-delivery economy and the (lack of) infrastructure that ties it all together.”

    Rob Kaplan, cofounder and managing director, Closed Loop Fund

  • “In this groundbreaking work, Ed Humes shows that we could have fast, reliable, and incredibly safe transport if we only had the political guts to choose it. Hopefully, this fascinating work will prompt long-overdue changes.”

    Samuel Fromartz, author of the award-winning In Search of the Perfect Loaf

  • PEN Literary Award Finalist

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About the Author

Edward Humes is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author of several nonfiction books, including Mississippi Mud; No Matter How Loud I Shout: A Year in the Life of Juvenile Court; Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Wal-Mart’s Green Revolution; and Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash. He lives in Southern California.

About the Narrator

Marc Cashman, Earphones Award–winning narrator, was named one of the “Best Voices of the Year” by AudioFile magazine. His voice can be heard on radio, television, film, and video games. He also instructs voice actors through his classes, The Cashman Cache of Voice-Acting Techniques, in Los Angeles.