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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (30 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715332775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715332771
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Prefixed 'Amazing and Extraordinary' this fun-packed and well-designed publication certainly lives up to the title. --Rail Express Magazine

"…a fascinating and useful reference work" --Civil Service Pensioner's Alliance

"…entertaining and informative book." --Practical Family History

A fascinating pocket book which will tell you all you need to know about London Underground, and even more that you don't need to know but will find equally as fascinating Hours of fun to pass the time for the commuter! --Heritage Railway

"…entertaining and informative book." --Practical Family History

A fascinating pocket book which will tell you all you need to know about London Underground, and even more that you don't need to know but will find equally as fascinating Hours of fun to pass the time for the commuter! --Heritage Railway

"…entertaining and informative book." --Practical Family History

A fascinating pocket book which will tell you all you need to know about London Underground, and even more that you don't need to know but will find equally as fascinating Hours of fun to pass the time for the commuter! --Heritage Railway

"…entertaining and informative book." --Practical Family History

About the Author

Stephen Halliday is an authority on the history of London, with a special interest in the great engineering works that created the modern city. He is the author of The Great Stink: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Cleansing of the Victorian Metropolis (Sutton 1999) and Underground to Everywhere; London's Underground Railway in the Life of the Captial (Sutton 2001). He contributes articles and reviews to magazines such as Literary Review, Times Higher Education, BBC History and History Today.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 July 2011
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I previously purchased the same author's Water: A Turbulent History, and was pleased to find one of the same author's books available through Amazon Vine(tm). However, unlike that earlier book, this one only gives a very basic history of the subject. I knew that when I chose the book, but even so I feel that it could have been better.

It works as a basic facts book for people wanting to get a sense of the history of the system, but no more than that. Its small size makes it handy for reading on trains, even those underground trains that were the book's inspiration, though of course you would have difficulty reading it during the rush hour with everybody fighting for space.

There are some amusing stories about smells and mosquitoes, while the tragedies at Moorgate and King's Cross are both covered, though not in any depth. There are pieces about the men who financed and/or managed the system in its early days, though these stories are of necessity incomplete.

A good book in many ways, it is nevertheless something of a tease. I am sure that the author could do better if he were to write a proper in-depth book. But wait - Christian Wolmar has already written that book The Subterranean Railway : How the London Underground Was Built and How It Changed the City Forever so we don't need another such book, at least not yet. If you really want to learn about the history of the London underground, that's the book to go for.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By MisterHobgoblin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Nov. 2009
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London Underground Facts is a bit like an Underground Schott's Miscelleny - a book designed to be sold at Christmas as a gift for people who don't read books. It looks good - a beautiful red white and blue art deco dust jacket; small; thick paper. The format is magaziney - text boxes, lists, bullet points, random quotes, pictures and heaps of white space for resting the eyes. The content has nothing new, it is simply culled from the many existing Underground reference books and presented in a much abbreviated form. Although there is an index setting out different sections, there is no logic to the sections. Why would Wartime Underground precede Metroland? Why would Poetry On the Underground come between them both? And even within sections, we find a blurb about Public Private Partnerships immediately before a potted biography of Herbert Morrison (Transport Minister in 1929).

The book is short, too. 143 pages - 6 of which are an index and the text actually starts on page 6, so that makes 132 pages of actual text. Throw in several pages that are little more than route maps for each line (badly drawn by freehand with spelling mistakes - Surrey Keys, Edgeware Road...), the same five drawings repeated over and over again, and a couple of blank pages... You get the idea: it's thin.

However, I guess the target market is people who are stuck for gift ideas, and it won't actually offend anyone. Indeed, I can imagine that in the right setting - perhaps in a small room where one tends to be alone, looking for amusement in small, 2 minute chunks then this fits the bill. Just like Schott's Miscelleny; Crap Towns; The Little Book Of Calvin and all its illustrious forerunners.

Judging it for what it aspires to be, 3 stars seems fair. Had it had a point or a structure - or anything new to say - it would have deserved more. But as it doesn't really offend, it probably doesn't deserve less.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. F. Stevens HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This small book has an assortment of interesting facts scattered through the pages, but also much white space and several instances of repetition. I think skimpy is an appropriate word here.

I felt the drawings were decidedly amateurish, and almost might have been sketches intended for a proper artist to clean up and present properly. The break-out boxes were largely wasted, and the thumbnail pictures were repeated far too often - better used just the once.

It feels rushed and cheap. It could have been so much more. There are several sources of accurate and fascinating information which could have been plundered to make this more worth the read and less of a half-hearted effort.

A much better book for fascinating history of the tube is J E Connor's London's Disused Underground Stations and Stephen Halliday himself has produced a more comprehensive work in Underground to Everywhere: London's Underground Railway in the Life of the Capital.

But perhaps the most interesting place to find history of the London Underground is the web site underground-history, maintained by Hywel Williams, which is crammed full of photos and relevant information.

I am interested in the Tube, and use it frequently, but I am not an 'Enthusiast' merely another Londoner. Even so, I felt short changed by this brief book. So only three stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karura VINE VOICE on 9 Sept. 2011
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When a book includes the words 'amazing' and 'extraordinary' in its title, it's setting a pretty high bar for itself, and unfortunately, this book failed to live up to my expectations. After flicking through the book in the shop, I got the impression that it was a collection of London underground factoids, covering things like the never-quite-functional spiral escalator at Holloway Road, and, as an underground and trivia junkie, I was eager to pick up a copy.

Sadly, the reality was more than a bit disappointing. Instead of packing a punch with interesting bits of trivia, the book tries to set out a more complete history of the Underground- which would be fine if it had the space to do so! As it stands, the book is far too short to do more than scratch the surface, and as the writing style is quite dry and unengaging, it doesn't make for that enjoyable a read. To add insult to injury, much space is wasted with wobbly, unprofessional-looking sketches of the various underground lines, whilst 'Underground' and 'Way Out' signs are liberally and repetitively sprinkled throughout.

There are some interesting factoids to be found in the book's many side boxes, but overall these are a bit hit-and-miss, with one 'Did You Know?' box ironically echoing information the reader will have just read in the main text! The book also makes a mistake in saying that Covent Garden and Leicester square are the two closest Underground stations - Embankment and Charing Cross are closer!

Although not outright bad, this book was a little underwhelming and disappointing. Underground fanatics should probably check out something like London's Disused Underground Stations.
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