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Readable and insightful, needs more careful editing
on 24 August 2009
A generally good book version of the `James May's 20th Century' TV series, which chronicles the technological developments of the twentieth century with a thematic rather than chronological narrative. This is, on the whole, a decent and at times highly readable account of the technology behind (say) the Moon landings, the development of the radio and how technological development impacted on popular culture. Being a book, more detail is allowed than in the TV series. But it's not perfect by any means. Most jarring are several basic factual errors, the blame for which must lie jointly with May himself, co-author Phil Dolling and their editors - chief of which are persistently referring to the Moon as a planet, and naming Anthony Burgess - as opposed to either Guy Burgess or Anthony Blunt - as one of the Cambridge spies. Could do better.