Two Wheels Good: The History and Mystery of the Bicycle

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Crown Publishing Group (NY)
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6.38 X 9.37 X 1.42 inches | 1.55 pounds

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About the Author
Jody Rosen is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. His work has appeared in Slate, New York, The New Yorker, and many other publications. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.
"Excellent . . . Two Wheels Good takes the form of bricolage, blending meticulous historical research, local reporting from bicycle-dependent locales like Bhutan and Bangladesh and personal memories. . . . The book excels across all of them and, in its curious, mingled character, calls to mind Bill Bryson, John McPhee, Rebecca Solnit."--The New York Times Book Review

"Irresistible . . . [Two Wheels Good] often feels like a leisurely ride, full of spontaneous detours into unexpected delight. But what makes the book essential is its rigorous reporting."--The Atlantic

"[A] complex cultural history . . . The strength of Two Wheels Good is the journalist's eye [Rosen] brings to a basic technology that has had radically disparate identities at different times and in different parts of the world."--Curbed

"A lively biography of a tool central to the greening of urban spaces. It's also a fascinating, sweeping everyday explainer."--Chicago Tribune

"Encyclopedic . . . A deeply researched and vastly entertaining history of the bicycle."--The Dallas Morning News

"The real feat of this book is that it takes us on a ride . . . offering not just a wry, rich, deeply researched meditation on the bicycle and our relationship to it, but also the headlong rush of cruising on two wheels into the unknown."--Patrick Radden Keefe, author of Empire of Pain

"When I fell in love with riding a bike in New York City, what I found myself craving was a history--of the bicycle . . . Jody Rosen has written that very book. I got more than I knew I wanted."--Wesley Morris, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, The New York Times

"Two Wheels Good is better than a book has any right to be, the best thing I've ever read on a single subject. With curiosity, conscientiousness, and an exquisitely light touch, Rosen makes a convincing case that the story of the bike is the story of modern life."--Lauren Collins, author of When in French

"[T]his is social history as it ought to be written: funny, precise, surprising, anti-dogmatic, and unafraid of following a story, brakes off, to wherever the tale might want to glide."--Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon

"Wide-ranging and inquisitive, Two Wheels Good is like an entire library of books on the bicycle."--Lucy Sante, author of Low Life

"Eye-opening . . . a lively social history of the bicycle . . . Fans of bicycling and how-the-world-works reportage alike will find this a great pleasure."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Intriguing . . . wide-ranging . . . This wildly eclectic cornucopia offers a love letter to bicycles and is sure to be savored by their enthusiasts everywhere."--Booklist

"Fascinating . . . Witty prose, exhaustive research, and Rosen's contagious enthusiasm ensure that this standout history will appeal to cyclists and non-cyclists alike."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)