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Brunel: 'In Love with the Impossible' [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

A Nahum , A Buchanan , C MacLeod , A Andrews , S Brindle , A Lambert , N Lee , M Bailey , A Vaughan , D Smith , A Kelly , M Kelly , C O'Mahony , M Waithe , Melanie Kelly , Andrew Kelly
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1 April 2006
A collection of illustrated essays celebrating the life, work and legacy of Isambard Kingdom Brunel to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth in 2006.


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: ICE Publishing; illustrated edition edition (1 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955074207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955074202
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 22.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 753,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Brunel: 'in love with the impossible' is an illustrated collection of newly commissioned essays by experts in their field published to coincide with the celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It takes its name from Kenneth Clark's Civilisation in which he wrote that Brunel 'remained all his life in love with the impossible'. Even though some of Brunel's projects failed - often spectacularly - and he was not to see the completion of one of his greatest achievements, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, he remains widely acknowledged as an engineering genius.

Brunel captured the public imagination like no other engineer. He challenged our sense of what was possible and, in doing so, changed the face of the world. He remains an inspiration to innovators of all kinds. This collection of essays provides a fitting tribute to him, promoting his considerable achievements, assessing their impact and demonstrating why they continue to be of relevance to today.

A paperback edition will also be published (price to be confirmed).


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This is a Coffee Table book. Lots of nice illustrations and re-hashed articles from several authors who have a vested interest sustaining in the Brunel myth. Historically balanced and objective it is not!

The clue is in the title 'celebration'. Its the sort of book that suggests that Brunel was the only Victorian engineer and that steam travel would not have happened without him and 'the Empire' consequently would never have got off the ground.

Badly written, it attempts to relate everything from Victorian shopping habits to white settler emigration entirely to Brunel, giving a warped idea of Brunel's importance and a very odd idea of 19th century British history.

NOT recommended as a sensible 'history' read!
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