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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (15 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521033918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521033916
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,284,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bill Albert was born December 16, 1942 at the French Hospital in Manhattan. On December 27th he moved to the Bronx where he was circumcised by Rabbi T.M. Belkin. Five years later he joined the post-war Borscht Bowl Exodus to the Promised Land in California, driving across the country with his mother and grandmother in a large black Packard. He grew up in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, attended seven different high schools, went to the University of California at Berkeley and later the London School of Economics. He has lived in England since 1964. He taught at the University of East Anglia until 1991 when he took early retirement to write and become more active in the disability movement. He is divorced, remarried, and, together with Gill, they have five children and two grandchildren. And What About Rodríguez was published in French in the Gallimard Série Noire in 1991. The author's second novel, Desert Blues was published in 1994 by the Permanent Press, and his third novel, Castle Garden, by the same press in early 1996. His latest book, Norwich 1144 A Jew's Tale, has just (December 2014) been published by Mousehold Press. Three other novels, as well as And What About Rodríguez, are available as e-books.

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This book studies the development and administration of turnpike trusts in England from 1663 to 1840. It is concerned specifically with assessing the economic importance of the trusts before and during the Industrial Revolution. Dr Albert provides a detailed and comprehensive history of English turnpike trusts, superseding in many respects the standard accounts of the subject written in the early 1900s.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sniper on 18 Nov 2012
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Been looking for a book on this subject for a while, this seems to be the only one of decent length on the subject that exists, certainly of reasonably recent date. I've always thought it's amazing, with all the stuff that's available on railways, there's so little on turnpike roads. The main chapters tend to concentrate on how they transformed the overall transport network, and economic aspects, how they were financed, what part they played in the economy as it evolved during the industrial revolution, etc. There's not much on how the routes were chosen, on engineering aspects, or impact on the landscape (and no pictures, e.g. of bridges or toll houses). There's a long appendix that lists the turnpike road Acts, from which you can - sort of - piece together which roads were built when, though someone would need to slave for years to establish exact dates of particular stretches of road (and then produce an atlas showing it all, hopefully).
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By H P on 5 Aug 2013
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Useful for what we needed but very specialised indeed. Lots of detailed information but rather unimaginatively presented. Interesting but not an easy read.
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