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Giant Earthmovers: An Illustrated History (Crestline) [Paperback]

Keith Haddock
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International (2 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076030369X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760303696
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 20.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,572,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Organised by the categories of machines disc ussed, this highly illustrated survey looks at the whole ran ge of earthmoving equipment, from drag lines and cranes to b ulldozers and scrapers. '

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Since the dawn of civilization, the human race has found it necessary to move and reshape the earth. Read the first page
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This is a great book. It covers lots of equipment in their own category such as bulldozers, scrapers, excavators. It covers these from the early years to quite recent years. Pleasingly, it covers most of the machinery that Matchbox and other toy makers modelled such as thee Cat DW20, the D8 and D9. Fear not, it also covers other manufacturers, such as Allis- Chalmers, Euclid, Bucyrus to name a few. There are plenty of pictures and details of the companies too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Introduction to Heavy Equipment 2 Jan 2001
By Parker Benchley - Published on Amazon.com
Keith Haddock has written a serious and lavishly illustrated introduction to the world of heavy equipment, a world not used to being treated in such an adult fashion.
Haddock traces the history and development of each type of machine listed in his book, along with their manufacturuers,and the history of each brand name in the field. Accompanying the text are a series of clear, relevant photographs that illustrate different brands and periods in the development of each machine. Whereas many books drop an adult approach for the "Oh Boy, What a Big Machine That Is!" view of things, Haddock sticks with his conviction that he is writing for an intelligent audience interested in the history and development of heavy earthmoving machines. It is an approach I greatly appreciate.
One qualm with this book and others like it: There is too much emphasis placed on the largest of the machines; probably in the belief that this is the only way to sell such an intelligent book. However, if this is the only approach, why are there no color photos? While I can appreciate the size of a Caterpillar Model 24H grader, let's face the fact that the graders we normally deal with, and the graders that helped build America's road system, are the Cat Models 10 and 12 grader. Also what about the automatic paving machine and ther roller. We never hear of their stories; yet without them, roads would be much the worse for wear.
But until such a book comes out, Haddock's tome is well worth the time and money and is guaranteed intelligent reading with much to offer in the way of learning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like earthmoving machines, buy this book. 23 Aug 2000
By Leandro Bittencourt - Published on Amazon.com
This book teaches a lot of earthmoving machines, mainly the manufactories history, and you will see the most exotic kind of machines that ever worked. Although all its pictures are black and white, it worst. Buy it.
5.0 out of 5 stars great tranaction 8 April 2014
By Scott A. Blum - Published on Amazon.com
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shipped fast, it was a great price, and in very good shape, Thank you
I don't know if I can sum it any better
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Replacement. 4 Feb 2014
By Dennis Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
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This Was A replacement for a book I had a long time that got severely damaged. It arrived in Excellent shape.
4.0 out of 5 stars The photos are all black & white 14 Jan 2007
By Dalton C. Rocha - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book here in Brazil.This book is easy to read, well organized and have correct informations, about this subject.There's many chapters and every chapter, is about one kind of earthmover.Every chapter has a little historic beggining and then, we can read about the biggests makers of each earthmover machine.Germany to example, produces the biggests hidraulic escavators.

The main failure of this book are the photos.All of them are B&W.There isn't a single color photo, in this book.If a book is a historic book such as about World War I, is good to have only B&W photos, because only this kind of photo was then available.This book, even about nowadays machines , has only B&W photos.Then all photos are basically weak.The text is excellent, but the photos are weak.Because of the photos, I'll give 4 stars, not 5 stars for this book.
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