Blood, Iron and Gold: How the Railways Transformed the World Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009
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'This authoritative and highly readable book will remain the definitive history for years to come.' --Michael Williams, Daily Telegraph
'Timely... A superb new history of the world's railways... In one brilliantly written volume Wolmar relates the story of the first global rail revolution' --Andrew Adonis, Financial Times
`Wolmar brings great energy to the task of explaining how the railways transformed the world.'
-- New Statesman
About the Author
Christian Wolmar is a writer and broadcaster, principally on transport matters. He writes regularly for a wide variety of publications including the Independent, Evening Standard and Rail magazine, and appears frequently on TV and radio as a commentator. His previous books include the widely-acclaimed The Subterranean Railway, a history of the London underground and Fire and Steam, a history of how the railways transformed Britain.
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The book is extremely readable and amazingly comprehensive - in spite of the author's apology that it isn't. Of course there are omissions (my own favourite line to Sóller in Mallorca isn't mentioned, for example). But it's a must for every railway buff and should also enthuse anyone interested in the industrial and social history of the last 150 years.
With signs of a potential renaissance for this mode of transport, Christian Wolmar should have plenty to write about in the future.
They are all at the back and to get there AND BACK is most difficult and really spoils the read.
If they were set at the end of each chapter, it would at least diminish the difficulty of access.
Similarly, putting all the photos at the back, means one doesn't really know they exist until one finishes the whole book.
So 5 stars for the writer but only 2 for the publisher!
It is impossible to disregard of the pioneers, lower class engineers and employees who worked very hard to build up railway, stations, and signals with primitive equipment, harsh environment, and given meague amount of pay.
With superb fast-finding abilities, Christian Wolmer also demonstrates how culture and civilization have been enriched and destroyed in the course of the railway expansion and discovers how the railway played a vital role e.g. transporting materials and personnels in civil conflict, as well as two world wars.
This is a highly readable and gripping history book that tells the readers how the railway have shaped the modern world.
Bringing advances in trade, business, finance and apparent civilisation, Wolmar takes us on a great journey of discovery, with illuminating asides and insights which will entertain and delight.
The golden age of discovery on tracks and sleepers and different gauges. A fine read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Christian Wolmar scores again with a very readable account of how the railways changed the world. Inevitably much of the material is repeated from his earlier books on Britain... Read morePublished on 10 Jun. 2014 by Steve_Morris
I enjoyed Mr Wolmar's volume a great deal. It was very interesting to a get history of the railways from a worldwide point of view.Published on 17 May 2014 by Radiosnail
If you enjoy reading about trains or major engineering projects you cannot go wrong with this book.
Wolmar writes in an easy to understand style without going into the... Read more
Christian Wolmar's book is as much a social and political history of the railways as it is the story - and a very readable one - of how they were built. Read morePublished on 14 May 2011 by Alan Lenton