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"Hodges has written a marvelous, deeply empathetic, and richly detailed account of a profession so indelibly inscribed in the daily experience and mythology of urban life as to be all but invisible to us. At once frantically hailed and frequently abused, taxi drivers epitomize—in ways most of us grasp but routinely ignore—the vivid human flux that is the lifeblood of city life. Thanks to the mercurial culture, shifting demographics, and glancingly contingent nature of the experience on both sides of the glass—at once endlessly repeated and never twice the same—cabdrivers must rank among the least well-represented professionals in the hierarchy of urban life. Hodges has set out to remedy that, and has done so admirably."

"Grab this cab! Its historian driver will take you on a fascinating spin around town, recalling a host of dramatic events and introducing an amazing array of cabbies past and present (including the astonishing number of movie stars who played taxi drivers on the big screen). Your perspective on cab rides—and New York City—will never be the same again."

"You have to live in New York to know how critical taxis are to circulation in the great metropolis. But you do not have to live in New York to be fascinated by this unusual book, which gives a powerful human dimension to one of Gotham's most important subcultures."

"Taxi! is not only lively and erudite social history, it is probably the best account of taximen that is ever to be written... The cabby is fortunate, however, to have found his sociological poet laureate in Graham Hodges. In the taxi trade, we would have called this fascinating trip in his gregarious company, 'a great fare.'"

"In this informative, solid history, Graham Russell Gao Hodges traces the story of the cabdrivers from 1907, when the first metered taxis appeared on New York streets, to the present."

"The definitive book on New York cabs."

"Hodges draws from driver memoirs, taxi publications, and the drivers' image as seen in the movies and on television. This is an interesting, readable study of the role of the taxi in New York's history, especially the struggles the drivers face."

"Hodges' story will be a pleasure for both scholarly and general interest readers. Highly recommended."

A Social History of the New York City Cabdriver
Publication Date: 17 Mar 2020
Status: Available
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Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 280 pages
Illustrations: 17 halftones
ISBN: 9781421437798