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William Beardmore: Transport is the Thing Paperback – 20 Jan 2004

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: NMSE - Publishing Ltd (20 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901663531
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901663532
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,256,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A lot of careful research has clearly been necessary...a unique piece of transport history. -- Transport Digest, autumn 2004

It is excellent that this inside story has been told in such an open and interesting way. -- Motor Sport Magazine, January, 2005

About the Author

Kenneth A. Hurst M(SA) IMech is a retired engineer. He lives in South Africa.

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This is a very simple production of a very complex empire and the man behind it. Beardmore was a Scottish iron master whose family were from England and in a series of moves built the biggest steel production line in Scotland in the east end of Glasgow. In an effort to use all his production capacity Beardmore put his fingers into a lot of pies including aviation and automobiles. Reflecting the times he was better served by the decisions of his employees than he himself as an employer.
Hurst has caught the fundamentals of the mess of empire and the confusion of ideas correctly. There is a misinterpretation of data and detail and it comes to light in the aviation sections which have to be read and cross checked against standard works. Even some of the works he refers to are blatantly innaccurate and the illustrations could have been a lot better at the price
But really this is a fine effort written from a distance, South Africa and to quote a former employee of Beardmore - William Beardmore took my lungs - no wonder the place went bust after reading this
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William Beardmore is a distant relative a fact I only knew about 6 weeks before I purchased the book, its a bit technical for mew but love the fact that I have found another ancestor
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