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Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time
by David Prerau

A delightfully detailed look at the fascinating history of daylight saving time from Benjamin Franklin to the 21st century.  The tale is enlivened with a judicious selection of illustrations, poems, and songs. The best kind of history: rigorous and academically informed, but chock-full of lively anecdotes.
ISBN: 1560256559
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Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time
by Michael Downing

Downing explores the history of Daylight Saving Time and the constantly changing justifications for springing forward and falling back.
ISBN: 978-1593761066
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The following titles discuss the broader history of timekeeping and calendars.

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
by Walter Isaacson

The idea of daylight saving was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin during his sojourn as an American delegate in Paris in 1784. This entertaining biography follows the Founding Father’s adventures both at home and in Europe, and traces Franklin’s accomplishments as a thought leader, an inventor, a politician, a diplomat, and a publisher.
ISBN: 074325807X
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Marking Time: The Epic Quest to Invent the Perfect Calendar
by Duncan Steel

This Australian astronomer (Rogue Asteroids and Doomsday Comets) provides a general history of the development of the calendar system, a reassessment of why England settled the mid-Atlantic coast of North America, and advanced astronomical information for the science buff or professional.
ISBN: 0471404217
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Calendar: Humanity's Epic Struggle To Determine A True And Accurate Year
by David E. Duncan

Engaging narrative traces the development of our modern-day (Gregorian) calendar, and describes how people's experiences are shaped by their conception of time. Also describes ancient calendars of many cultures all over the globe, from India to Egypt to the Mayan empire.
ISBN: 0380793245
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Time's Pendulum: From Sundials to Atomic Clocks, the Fascinating History of Timekeeping and How Our Discoveries Changed the World
by Jo Ellen Barnett
A lively history of 4,000 years of timekeeping, with a balance of science, history, and sociology, it traces the important developments in humankind's epic quest to measure the hours, days, and years with accuracy, and how our concept of time has changed with each breakthrough.
ISBN: 0156006499
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Story of Time
by Kristen Lippincott

Academic tone. Multidisciplinary and cross-cultural in its subject-matter and approach, and all-encompassing in its scope, the book is written by an outstanding international cast of authors, including Umberto Eco and Sir Ernst Gombrich, each one a renowned expert from the fields of science, art, history, philosophy, or culture.
ISBN: 1858940729
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Eyewitness: Time & Space
by John R. Gribbin, Mary Gribbin

Organized like an illustrated travel guide. This is an interesting and quick guide to the mysteries of the Universe. Superb full-color photography and innovative 3-D models. See how time and space are measured, the world's largest telescope, in Hawaii, a sonic tape measure, inside an atom, and how pulsars flicker on and off with amazing precision.
ISBN: 0789455781
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