Plenty of interesting facts on the subject of traffic but no synthesis,
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This review is from: Traffic: Why we drive the way we do (and what it says about us) (Paperback)
First of all I did enjoy the book. It is very well written and nice to read - assuming you have even the slightest of interests in the topic.
And the science behind it is certainly interesting and without checking the literature quoted within, it seems to at least intuitively add up. Everything from our perceptional deficiencies, making us worse drivers, to road design and the schools of thinking behind it, and cultural differences that lead to traffic differences is covered in the book.
Where the book falls a bit short in my opinion is that it was written by a journalist type writer - which shows in its style. It does make it very readable but on the other hand, coming away from it, one cannot really say what the conclusions are.
The book would work a lot better if the elements were building blocks in a coherent framework, which would allow the readers really to raise their understanding of the topic. As it is, it's a bit of an interesting collection of traffic factoids, which one tends to forget soon after putting the book down - so its impact, apart from the entertainment value is lower than it could be.