Book Report

The Great Daylight Savings Time Controversy by Chris Pearce. 400 pages. E-book.

This unlikely subject for a book speaks of a minor topic that has also, somehow, become a continuing source of conversation and controversy. We talk about it and complain about it only twice each year. But why do we continue to do so, and how does each semi-annual change affect us? Who started Daylight Savings Time (DST) anyway, and why do we all continue to complain and argue about it so much?

All of these questions are addressed in this 400 page e-book. The author, Chris Pearce, also includes a brief history that explains DST in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Europe and the Canadian provinces.
Germany and Austria were the first countries to use DST starting in 1916.

The original purpose for making this time change was an effort to save fuel during World War I by maximizing daylight and minimalizing the fuel used to run lights. Within a few weeks, the idea was followed by the United Kingdom, France, and many other countries. Most of them reverted to standard time after World War I, and it wasn’t until the next World War that DST made its return in most of Europe.

The book describes this, as well as how this minor change still affects each country, both then and now. The author also includes and explains some of the complaints and controversies going back and forth about the time change that still exists.

Baja, with its two time zones, close ties to the US, mainland Mexico and Canada, and now also a tourist destination itself, is affected because our time change date does not coincide with that of the United States. It’s always off by a couple of weeks. This year, DST starts on April 1st and October 28th in Mexico; in the US and Canada it’s on March 11th and November 4th.

Needless to say, this can be confusing for people traveling to and from Baja during DST. I still remember by own DST trip back to visit family in Illinois. Taking a bus to the border, crossing it, flying out of San Diego, diverted to North Carolina, and then back to Bloomington, Illinois was a nightmare.two days, I went through so many time changes that I was so disheveled and disoriented, I was almost unable to hug family and talk reasonably upon my final arrival.

You can read a copy of this book on Amazon, Kobe, or Apple. Amazon calls this book a “bible for daylight savings time.” If you read, let me know what you think; send me an email at or drop by my bookstore, El Caballo Blanco in Loreto.