Carjacked is an in-depth look at our obsession with cars. While the automobile’s contribution to global warming and the effects of volatile gas prices is widely known, the problems we face every day because of our cars are much more widespread and yet much less known from the surprising $14,000 that the average family pays each year for the vehicles it owns, to the increase in rates of obesity and asthma to which cars contribute, to the 40,000 deaths and 2.5 million crash injuries each and every year.
Carjacked details the complex impact of the automobile on modern society and shows us how to develop a healthier, cheaper, and greener relationship with cars.
Lutz (anthropology & international studies, Brown Univ.) and her sister Fernandez, from a corporate background, combine their skills at "field work" (albeit consisting of interviews with an undefined sampling of 100-plus drivers) and statistical analysis to produce a hard look at the various prices we pay in our American devotion to the automobile. The book does not have one continuous story line to lighten its load of information, but the chapter subheadings and illustrative anecdotes keep readers in tune with the authors' particular drive and primed for the concluding chapter, "A Call to Action," listing ways that we can become part of the solution. Strongly recommended for all willing to consider that we need to "step away from the car."—MH