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The Dam Builders: Power from the Glens Paperback – 1 Jan 2002
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'[A] fascinating look at how the electricity scheme came about . . . Miller's book is well written and meticulously researched' --John O'Groat Journal
'Jim Miller has caught the flavour of those heady days' --Northern Times
About the Author
Jim Miller is the author of a number of books including Salt in the Blood, A Wild and Open Sea and Scapa. He lives near Inverness.
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The book is a fascinating story about the perseverance of one Tom Johnston who was appointed by Winston Churchill to get the Hydro schemes going. It was true foresight for the infrastructure that was built still serves us so well. Just as now, they met great opposition from the land owners and the green brigade who feared for the well being of the area. They need not have worried (is there a lesson here?) for the work they did has created some of the best scenery in Scotland - e.g.the Queen's View on Loch Tummel.
If you know and love the area you will enjoy this book for it is true pioneering work in some of the most difficult terrain in the UK. All built largely by dynamite and hand well before the advent of modern hydraulic JCB equipment. Health and Safety would have a fit at some of the conditions of work that the pictures reveal.
If it grips you further good reading is "the Hydro Boys" by Emma Wood - another good read.
This book demonstrates how the Highlands were developed and brought into the 20th century.