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Mill [Hardcover]

David Macaulay

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Trade); First Edition edition (26 Sep 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395348307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395348307
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 1.8 x 29 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,244,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A detailed account of the planning and construction of a cotton mill in Providence, Rhode Island, includes a description of the mill's operation.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book 9 Jun 2000
By Jeremy M. Hanna - Published on
Mill is, simply put, remarkably well crafted. In it, David Macaulay gives us a brief history of the beginnings of the textile industry in America, walks us through the planning and construction of four successively more complex mills, lavishly illustrates the buildings, the machines and their power sources and, at the same time, manages to thoroughly convince us that we would never want to work in one.
This last trick is subtle and, to my knowledge, doesn't appear in any of the other books in this series. From Cathedral, City and, to a lesser extent, Castle, you get the distinct feeling that these were great and noble projects that you would have loved to have been a part of. You get this sense too from Mill, but the heady rush that comes with the idea of building something from the ground up is tempered by small, fictional diary entries that betray the harshness of life for those who worked in the mills after their completion.
Mill is a strong contender for a place in your personal and permanent library. It is beautifully illustrated, historically grounded, thoroughly researched, accented with social commentary and, most importantly, it is an enjoyable, absorbing read.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Whole Cloth 15 Mar 2002
By William Brennan - Published on
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This is an important book. Written for children, it can be used just as effectively by adults to comprehend the beginnings of the industrial revolution in the United States. Learn and see how men tamed our rivers and how men, women and children were swallowed up in these great monuments to progress.
The illustrations are remakable. David Macaulay deftly describes and illustrates how the technology that made America a world industrial power came to the young new country and how American ingenuity improved it and made the nation into a world class economic juggernaut.
The author is a superb story teller, and anyone who would like to visualize the nature of mills and to understand the profound impact of this technology on our country should read it.
I highly recommend this great children's book to everyone.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mill 27 Oct 2000
By Akiko Ueno - Published on
A wonderful story that takes the reader through the life and times of an infant small village mill into the mature years of a 20th century factory-mill. Excellent illustrations, and fun storyline that allows the reader to become involved with the life of the mill. I loved it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic and Educational 31 Aug 2007
By Christopher Thomas Champagne - Published on
Macaulay is an illustrator, architect, engineer, historian, economist, anthropologist and story-teller. He puts all of this knowledge and skill into Mill. It is a totally one-of-a-kind book that does not easily fall under any traditional category. It is often labeled as a "kids' book" because it has pictures and is relatively short. But very little of the educational content would be considered common knowledge for adults. It reads like a history text-book, a technical manual, and a novel all in one.

It is an epic, multi-generational story of a fictional New England town that is born out of the textile boom of the Industrial Revolution. You follow the cotton-milling and cloth-weaving operations of this town and its mills as they grow and expand, incorporate new technology, and endure the tides of fortune. Along the way, you get to learn all the details of the planning, the machinery, the construction, read excerpts from the characters' journals and watch the town slowly grow and change over time. In the end, this short book feels like a monumental journey and it will leave you not only satisfied but smarter too.

I've read most of Macaulay's books and this is probably the best.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for history teachers. 28 July 2011
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David Macaulay has produced a great resource for history teachers with his lushly illustrated book MILL. Within the first few pages he draws the reader into the fascinating story of the birth of the industrial revolution in America. The story begins in the present with the discovery of a Roman coin on the dig site of an old textile mill along the bank of a river in central Rhode Island and continues with a step by step explanation of how and why a textile mill is built and run. Adults as well as children will enjoy this book with it's engaging story and detailed illustrations. We are using this book to teach visitors to our historic two hundred year old mill how a mill is built and how it affected the birth of industry which built our country and made it the greatest nation in the world.
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