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Underground: How the Tube Shaped London [Hardcover]

David Bownes , Oliver Green , Sam Mullins
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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Book Description

25 Oct 2012

In 2013 London Underground, the world's first underground railway, marks its 150th anniversary. This new, lavishly illustrated history is the official anniversary publication of the London Underground, drawing on previously unseen sources and images to celebrate the crucial role of the tube in the creation and everyday life of modern London.

London Underground experts David Bownes, Oliver Green and Sam Mullins have a lifelong passion for the city and the Tube. In London Underground 150 they blend social history with the story of the pioneering engineers, designers, and social reformers who created the system, reflecting on the problems of keeping a fast growing city on the move. From providing access to the business heart of the Victorian City of London to the leisure delights of the Edwardian West End, through the growth of the suburbs and the vital role of the Underground as shelter during the Blitz, the story continues through urban regeneration to the challenge of upgrading the original network to meet the needs of the 21st century. With a cast of characters encompassing entrepreneurs, architects, politicians and passengers, this is the story of how the world beneath our feet made history.


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane; First Edition, First Printing edition (25 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846144620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846144622
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 25.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Bownes was Head Curator at the London Transport Museum from 2009 until 2012 and is now Assistant Director (collections) at the National Army Museum, London. David has published on the history of the Metropolitan Railway and London Transport posters.

Oliver Green is Research Fellow at the London Transport Museum, having been the museum's first Curator between 1979 and 1989 and later returning as Head Curator from 2001 until 2009. Oliver has published extensively on transport art, design, and history.

Sam Mullins has been Director of the London Transport Museum since 1994, years which have confirmed his passion for this remarkable city and its transport. Sam is the author of British Olympians: William Penny Brookes and the Wenlock Games; Talking shop: an oral history of retailing in the Harborough area; Cap and apron: an oral history of domestic service in the Shires, and Hidden Harborough.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 10 Jan 2013
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Not the typical book that I would buy, however with the 150th Anniversary coming up I thought it was worth a read. Very interesting, weighty to hold and great images- goes a LITTLE way to appreciating the level of work that goes into maintaining/upgrading the system!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I was initially attracted by the cover and subject of this book. As Londoner I kow quite a bit about the london underground, having travelled on it since the early 60s. The content is mostly relevant and interesting but left a lot to be desired. Many of the original stations were in by name only and in a book of this size I would have expected to see many more photos of stations. The layout of the book was very disappointing given the quite beautiful cover - a really good graphic design. I opened the book expecting to see page layout etc similarly designed. I will keep the book as a reasonably good record of the history of the Underground but I would not have bought it if I had been able to see the contents. It's a pity when viewing books online that most do not allow access to the inside pages.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent momento of Tube 150 15 Jan 2013
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I decided to treat myself to this book for Christmas as the Tube 150 celebrations were coming up in early 2013. I was not disappointed. The quality of the book is excellent and is very well written with plenty of photos/maps etc. Several of the photos I had not seen before so the authors (there are 3) had done their research well. Would recommend to anyone interested in the history of the London Underground.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just what i wanted 9 Feb 2013
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i love the underground and wanted a history of this amazing structure, loads of historical pictures and facts and good representation of the last 150 years of the tube
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy 10 Jan 2013
By Doreen
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This was got for my 7yr old grandson, he has been intererested in london underground and buses since very young, he was over the moon with the book . The book itself has a lot of interest to it, is a nice hard back,and am sure he will enjoy it for yrs to come.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a specialist encyclpedia 4 Jan 2013
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All the family dipped into it. The recipient hardly got a look in!!! We all were suppprised at how little we knew about London development. Even my husband who prided himself on his knowledge
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, informative and interesting 28 Jan 2013
By billt
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I've got countless books on the London Underground but this is a welcome addition. It is well-written and informative - what you'd expect from these authors.

The scope of the book is far-ranging from the underground's beginnings to the present, covering the people behind the various lines and the impact they had on the population.

As always, you want more information but there's an excellent "Further Reading" section to compensate.

This book should appeal to all but the most knowledgeable.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars London Underground 3 Dec 2012
By MJ
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A nice hefty hard back with lovely pictures about London's underground network from the beginning.
It deals with early planning and design up to new plans and implementation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every Tube fan!
The best documented book on this wonder's 150th anniversary. Happy Birthday!

Bought as soon as I discovered an abridged magazine edition at Victoria Station...
Published 4 months ago by JUAN CARLOS MERINO
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book packed full of interesting information.
I purchased this book as a present but just had to read it myself first, there is so much information in here that once you start reading it you just cant put it down.
Published 5 months ago by Skinboy
4.0 out of 5 stars Big but concise.
A very good history of the London Underground system, containing many photographs and reproductions of original posters to illustrate the development of the system.
Published 7 months ago by J. Finlay
5.0 out of 5 stars What a good read this book is...
This book; Underground: How the Tube Shaped London was a Fathers Day gift from my son, who is a train driver on the London Underground. Read more
Published 9 months ago by mrclassiccarman
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better
The book was excellent about the history of the Underground time-wise, politically, architecturally, and community-wise but was very poor on the mechnical side of the rolling... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. R. G. P. Parry
1.0 out of 5 stars A good book, in a bad condition.
A good book, unfortunately it was very damaged and sended in a terrible state.
Don't buy books from GreatbooksLondon.
It took away my pleasure of reading it.
Published 11 months ago by H. Peters
4.0 out of 5 stars great!
For someone from the colonies reading it, it's a great history of the tube. I would recommend it to anyone.
Published 13 months ago by Gregory H. Keller
5.0 out of 5 stars Agreat read and learned so much of the past
I think this book should be part of a school project, youngsters should know how it all came to shape the tube.
Published 13 months ago by Mrs Carole Barnard
2.0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been Better Presented
The format of the book is clumsy. It is littered with prints, colour plates and old photographs throughout. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Okeglen
5.0 out of 5 stars Books on the London Underground
A well written book with some details that were new to me.A good read with good illustrations.Well worth the purchase.
Published 14 months ago by A W CHAMPION
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