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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing book. Takes all the excitement out of 200 years of history., 4 Feb. 2011
This review is from: A Brief History of How the Industrial Revolution Changed the World (Brief Histories) (Paperback)
For a book that covers such an exciting and vibrant period of history, it's remarkably dull to read, with no easy flow to the narrative. The book could also do with some serious editing. For example, the prose is clunky and awkward, and clearly has had only a quick glance from an editor. Excessive and at time misplaced punctuation is common, sentences become incoherent half way through, and there is inconsistent use of abbreviations. For example: 1850-70, 1850-870, 1850-1870.

All very distracting. Not recommended.
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Initial post: 3 Feb 2013 23:08:27 GMT
W. Loveridge says:
I have to agree. What should have been a great read is let down by very poor editing. For example, 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! How on earth did this clunker get through? Elsewhere Robert Stephenson becomes (for a single page) Robert Stevenson, a mistake mirrored by the index. There are many excessively long sentences that require re-reading multiple times before they make sense.

I found all this very frustrating because Mr Crump is clearly an expert in an exciting subject. The poor editing is enormously distracting when trying to read what should have been a rewarding book, and the blame lies squarely with the publisher for simply not caring.
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