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Iron, Steam & Money: The Making of the Industrial Revolution by [Osborne, Roger]
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"Ably handling a mass of material, Osborne explores both the technological side of his subject and its human aspect" (Christopher Smith UK Regional Press Syndication)

"Osborne fires [the Industrial Revolution] up with great gusto" (Iain Finlayson The Times)

"Detailed and scholarly" (Steve Craggs UK Regional Press Syndication)

"A truly rattling good yarn" (Jonathan Glancey Country Life)

"Detailed and scholarly" (UK Regional Press Syndication)

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A fresh look at the decades when British ingenuity and technological innovation changed the course of human history and ushered in the modern world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2988 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (23 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CA88GHO
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #175,359 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a terrific read which tells of the the effective invention of a perpetual motion machine - the inventive modern industrial economy - and the cycle of continuous innovation which commenced in the mid 18th century and has carried on to the present day. Read this book and you really will appreciate how the Newcomen Engine has led to the iPhone.

The book explains how key technological breakthroughs such as Abraham Darby's coke fuelled Blast Furnace led to increased demand for coal, which led to deeper mines, which led to a need for pumping equipment, which led to the Newcomen Engine, which led to the genius of James Watt, which led to a need for rotary power which led to factories being liberated from water supplies, and so on and so forth.

Combine this with the shift from a wool economy to a cotton economy - made entirely possible by the Flying Shuttle, the Spinning Jenny, the Mule and you can see how the world changed.

I couldnt put this book down!
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If you are looking for a combination of lucid accounts of the most important technological and organisational developments of the industrial revolution with clear-sighted analysis of the macro-economics of why it happened in 18th-century Britain, this is the book for you. The book also examines the contribution of prominent individuals in the context of the world in which they operated and considers both the benefits and the human costs for the people at large. It is particularly well written and easy to read given the complexity of some of the subject matter. The idea that Britain's high wages were a key factor in rapid economic growth and stimulated both demand and innovation might be a useful reflection for modern policy makers.
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A very clear and concise account of the British Industrial Revolution, recommended for all interested in the subject. The book is written in short chapters, enabling the reader to study at their own pace.
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This book is a really enjoyable and interesting overview of the industrial revolution. The author has given the book real good pace with its relatively short chapter format and felt more like a discussion about the industrial revolution without getting bogged down in over technical descriptions. The book also leads nicely to a conclusion rather than a dry chronological format and makes points that are relevant in the modern world.
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I am using this book for my essay writing at the university college in Norway. The topic for my essay is The industrial revolution and the British Empire and the connections between them. I am also looking into the genious and timeless work of engineer Isambard Brunel.

The book provides the reader with lots of interesting details abiut the industrial revolution. It is also beautifully illustrated with black and white drawings and pictures and is a plesure to read!
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