A collection of review essays published in 2010 and 2011
The second blog that I published as keithwatkinshistorian was a review of Megan Timothy’s book 12,000 miles for Hope’s Sake. Since that posting on April 26, 1910, I have continued to report on books about bicycles and a bicycling way of life. Some of them, such as John Howard’s Mastering Cycling, are new publications, but other volumes are old books, some of which I read long ago and others that I have only recently enjoyed.
My choice of books for review on keithwatkinshistorian is dictated by three factors. First, they come to my attention, at libraries, bookstores, or in conversation and reading. Second, they make a constructive contribution to bicycle lore and literature, or to informed conversation about bicycles and their place in our time. Third, I enjoyed the book enough that I want to encourage others to read it, too. The fact that a new book on bicycling does not appear in my reviews could mean that I haven’t heard about it, or that I haven’t made the effort (or paid the money) to gain access to it. It could also mean that I have seen the book but have no interest in calling it to the attention of readers.
Blog publishing provides short moments in the attention span of readers, and as a result book reviews quickly disappear from sight and memory. In response, I have gathered the reviews I published during 2010 and 2011 into a single volume. It is filed in the section of keithwatkinshistorian entitled “Bicycle Diaries,” which will facilitate access to current readers of the blog and others who later subscribe or find it through online searches. To read the the full collection of review essays click The Beautiful Machine
Some of these reviews have been slightly edited. Those who read this collection online will discover, sometimes to their irritation (especially photos), that many of the links embedded when the reviews were first posted are still active and in some instances will connect readers to online sites. These links, of course, will not work when readers are using printed copies of this collection.
12,000 Miles for Hope’s Sake, by Megan Timothy
Heft on Wheels, by Mike Magnuson
Major, by Todd Balf
Two Wheels North, by Evelyn McDaniel Gibb
Bike Snob, by Eban Weiss
It’s All about the Bike, by Robert Penn
The Grace to Race, by Madonna Buder
Mastering Cycling, by John Howard
The Beautiful Machine, by Graeme Fife
Bike for Life, by Roy M. Wallack and Bill Katovsky
Outside Lies Magic, by John R. Stillgoe
The Urban Cyclist’s Survival Guide, by James Rubin and Scott Rowan
The Man Who Loved Bicycles, by Daniel Behrman