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Let down by dire editing.,
This review is from: A Brief History of How the Industrial Revolution Changed the World (Paperback)
A well-researched book such as this, on an endlessly fascinating topic, should have been a great read. However it is let down by very poor editing. For example, excessively long compound sentences abound, peppered with commas, making the text stutter rather than flow, and there are many typographical errors, but far worse, there are glaring mistakes concerning the topic that are, no doubt, part of every writer's draft, but should have been picked up during revision and editing.
In a single sentence on page 92 we have Richard Roberts being born in 1789, and in 1790 taking out his first patent on an automatic, fully power driven mule: a remarkably precocious achievement! Elsewhere Robert Stephenson becomes (for a single page) Robert Stevenson, a mistake mirrored by the index. The Rainhill trials were held, we are told, on October 6th, 1830. As a direct result, the railway concerned bought Stephenson's "Rocket" and six similar locomotives, all delivered by the summer of 1830... wait a minute! Well, according to other sources, the Rainhill trials were held on October 6th, 1829. As a consequence of these and other errors that I did notice, I'm left wondering how many I didn't! Once an author has sown the seeds of doubt...
Clearly, Mr Crump is an authority on this subject. A great deal of travel and research appears to have gone into the book, making it so unfortunate that the effort tailed off over the keyboard. The poor editing is enormously distracting, and the blame lies squarely with Mr Crump for not exercising enough effort to check his manuscript; and the publisher for simply not caring. It is a great shame, because I almost enjoyed this book.