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Brunel: The Man Who Built the World (Phoenix Press)
 
 

Brunel: The Man Who Built the World (Phoenix Press) [Kindle Edition]

Steven Brindle , Dan Cruickshank
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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'The illustrations in this book are quite outstanding... the book's design and reproduction quality make it an invaluable document of record.' (BUILDING DESIGN )

'suitably monumental... the supreme strength of this book is its beatuy and visual scholarship... after reading this wonderful work all should concur that Brunel can lay claim to the title of Britain's greatest engineer' (Tristram Hunt HISTORY TODAY )

'Packed both with interesting facts and rare illustrations... Brindle has produced an excellent book that is not only accessible but is genuinely riveting stuff, and I'd highly recommend it' (RAIL )

'excellent... Steven Brindle's book is immensley readable... contains a fantastic collection of images... It is a book to be read straight through, and then to dip into again and again.' (THE VICTORIAN )

'This is truly the finest biography of his life published to date: with accessible and informative text illuminated by a wide variety of images' (FAMILY HISTORY MONTHLY )

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A celebration of the life and engineering achievements of Isambard Kingdom Brunel by two of the world's foremost authorities.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1584 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; 2006 Edition edition (23 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CPNSBV0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,179 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Present 18 Oct 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book was given to me and it is so beautifully written and illustrated I shall treasure it always. It has a wonderful introduction by Dan Cruilshank and excellent text by Steven Brindle who has obviously done his research well. The book is written in an easy, flowing manner and is really makes you feel that you know the true Isambard Kingdom Brunel -what a man!
I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in engineering, social history, or just Brunel. It looks great on a coffee table too and I tend to lose all hope of conversation with anyone who picks it up, as they are instantly absorbed in this book. Excellent idea for Christmas presents.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic treasure 16 Jan 2008
Format:Hardcover
I was given this book as a present and it is truely a beautiful production. The illustrations and diagrams are plentiful and superb. Steven Brindle's text is both well researched and understandable, giving fine examples to illustrate his point. I cannot think that M. J. Clarke below has spent much time with this book as there are diagrams gallore and the pull out illustration of SS Great Britain is a delight.
Dan Cruikshank writes a beautiful introduction and the story of Brunel is both interesting and informative with accurrate facts and it is obviously well reseached. After all Wasn't it Brindle who discovered Brunels early bridge behind Paddington Station - he should know his stuff.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book! 7 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a splendid book which goes into a wealth of detail about Brunel and his creations. Certainly the best book I have seen on Brunel.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good overview but no particluar depth 22 Aug 2008
Format:Paperback
I picked this book up while working out in the Middle East recently. Well, I'd been away for a while and exhausted the local sights so inevitably it was time to become a resident of Starbucks, drinking coffee and reading.

'Brunel', I thought - 'now that should be interesting', knowing him as the guy who built Paddington Station, the railway to Bristol and beyond, SS Great Britain, Great Western and Great Eastern and a number of bridges and the East London Line tunnel under the Thames.

Sure enough it's good read but I still only really know him as the guy who built Paddington Station, the railway to Bristol and beyond, SS Great Britain, Great Western and Great Eastern and a number of bridges and the East London Line tunnel under the Thames, without a great deal more detail than before.

The book itself is presented neatly into eight sections, which cover his early life working with his father, his connections to Bristol, family life, his work on Railways, bridges, shipbuilding, his office set up and Staff, and his legacy and is written in an acessible way which doesn't bend the readers mind with too much in the way of engineering detail.

However, the format might be the downfall of the book as it takes away any sense of chronology (though a section is provided at the back to make up for this). Added to this, there is no real sense of biography and the story telling lacks any real detail and considering the trials of getting Great Eastern built (which I should think would fill a book on it's own) this is rather disappointing.

But maybe that's the book's downfall... there's just too much to tell in under 200 pages of fairly large text!

Anyway, the book comes recommended as a decent overview of what Brunel acheived but if it catches your imagination (and admittedly, it's caught mine) expect to look for the real detail elsewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brunel the man 24 July 2009
Format:Paperback
An excellent biography. Steven Brindle is an expert in his subject and manages to get inside this extremely complex and gifted character, Strongly reccommendedBrunel: The Man Who Built the World (Phoenix Press)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative 15 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I found this book thoroughly informative and enlightening, from the personal story of Isambards life, to details of the great engineering feats he accomplished. I would have liked a few more illustrations, but that aside, a most interesting read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book... 27 Aug 2012
By josh
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My parents suggested i read some books about engineers before i settled on my engineering course at university, this book is a good read if you are interested in general knowledge about the history of engineering...
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 12 May 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
just what I expected this book to be , interesting and a brilliant read ; I intend to buy more of this genre of books ;
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Damaged
The sleeve of the book was damaged and stated as 'like new' in the description. Didn't look as good as expected.
Published 4 months ago by Miss J M Stones
4.0 out of 5 stars Brunel
A lovely little informative book, a must for any Brunel fan. A man who changed the World through his engineering and mobility on land and sea.
Published 5 months ago by Duncan Paul Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars What a bargain!!
A really high quality product,I wish I`d had this infomation during my school history lessons.A really informative and interesting book.
Published 6 months ago by james johns
5.0 out of 5 stars 'It is a proud thing to monopolise all the West as I do'
I've grown up with Brunel; my first home was a pub built to serve the railway works he started; the first shopping centre I can remember as a child was named after him; later, we... Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. Matthews
1.0 out of 5 stars I never got the book after 4 months and and numerous correspondence...
I never got the book after 4 months and numerous correspondence and assurances..I've asked for my money back on two occasions.
Published 11 months ago by James Nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
I really enjoyed this book, i have an interest in real people who have changed the world and the way we do things . Read more
Published 16 months ago by john Lester
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated
This is a great book on an excellent topic. Beautifully illustrated throughout, logically organised and without plenty of information. I bought this after borrowing a library copy. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Steve
4.0 out of 5 stars Fair to good reading
Good book in general. It is not in cronological order so it is a little difficult to fully understand the brain that was Brunel, dealing with many different projects and problems... Read more
Published 17 months ago by martin hickey
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