David Newbery, Director of the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Cambridge commented that:
Gabriel Roth's book mounts a sustained and telling attack on what is wrong with current road policy, and convincingly argues that commercial principles rather than Bureaucratic discretion would deliver better, safer and cleaner road transport. His wide range of historical and contemporary examples and evidence provide the ammunition to demolish the claim that governments know best how to serve our transport needs, and enliven the witty, non-technical but convincing argument.
The author, a transport economist and civil engineer, is a transportation and privatization consultant based in Washington DC, following nineteen years of service in the World Bank. His writings include over thirty published papers, and the 1987 World Bank book The Private Provision of Public Services in Developing Countries.