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on 21 September 2009
This is quite a slim book for the money, but worth it. Stan Yorke has seen a gap in the market and written several short but very detailed and well illustrated books for people who want to know more about the machines and structures of the industrial revolution, or about the construction of historic buildings. How exactly were canals built? Why were Watt's improvements to the steam engine so valuable? He is an engineer with a gift for simple explanation, and a -by no means common- understanding of how just much detail is enough, and how much is too much. One example convinced me to buy it: I had searched on the internet to try to find out about Watt's parallel motion device and got nowhere; Yorke nails it with one drawing and a few words. This book is excellent. Be aware that it already contains much of the essential material from the other book I bought, about (stationary) steam engines.
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"The Industrial Revolution Explained" is not a history of the industrial revolution but rather a neat and straightforward review of the evolution of the key tools of the industrial revolution - water wheels, steam engines, iron making, textile production, and so on. It is a short and very nicely written book giving an excellent overview of the development of these key tools of change.

However, it is not a history and does not give the story of the industrial revolution or tie it all together - no story of the development of canals, or of railway mania, or the textile or iron industries, and so on. There are other books out there that give that and I personally like this explanation of how the machines of the industrial revolution evolved. It is a little too short for me to give it five stars, but it is a very neat overview.
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on 28 December 2012
not at the level i am learning at but still a good book it is ok for gcse level good for quick reference
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on 17 October 2015
A clear exploration of the Industrial Revolution - useful for study.
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on 4 February 2016
Smaller book than I expected but contents interesting
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on 24 February 2016
good
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