on 6 April 2011
This book has just so much to love about it! If like me you are interested in steam engineering in general, then you will love this book. It presents itself to the reader from the point of view that the reader is not an expert and so it guides the reader through all the basics of steam power and then leads on to the next area.
Once the basics have been gone over the book takes the reader on a trip through time, right from the early days of steam power on the farm and on up to what turned out to be the twilight years. What it excells at though, is helping the reader to realise just how the mechanised farm has developed over the years. It also tells the tale of some of the ideas that didn't quite make it to mainstream.
The only slight issue that I have found is that in just a few places the text does get a little bogged down into some tiny detail and that for just a few pages, means you tend to brush over those pages in order to get onto the next bit of more meaty history.
To end on a high though, not withstanding the generally brilliant presentation of the subject matter, the book was only first published in 2008, it's Typeset, Printed and Bound right here in the UK! What a pleasent change in these times when so much seems to come from abroad. So, go on, have a great read and help the UK economy all at the same time!