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Seven Wonders of the Industrial World Paperback – 5 Jul 2004
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I'm aware that there was a television series of the same name. Often books from series are by-products. There is absolutely no sense of this here. It is a wonderful book in it's own right.
The GREAT EASTERN - Isambard Kingdom Brunel, one of this country's heroes and most innovative designers and engineers had a dream - to build the largest metal ship and the most luxurious liner of its day. This astonishing endeavour is recreated in stunning fashion
BROOKLYN BRIDGE is a truly fascinating and humbling tale of one family's struggle against fraud, bureaucracy and nature to link two sides of New York and create an iconic image. The Roeblings - John Augustus, the designer, his son, Washington, who took over construction after his father's death and Emily, his wife, who completed the project after Washington was disabled with the bends, were a truly amazing family.
BELL ROCK LIGHTHOUSE - the struggles overcome by the designers and builders of this lighthouse are very cleverly and dramatically recreated.
THE SEWER KING - I have always been scandalised by the lack of recognition given to Joseph Bazalgette, the brilliant engineer who built and designed much of central London's riverbank, Embankment, its entire sewer network (much of which is still in use today) and quite a few of its bridges. This would have been sufficient but he did it after battling against bureaucracy, a penny-pinching Parliament and City Council. In doing so, he freed the city of its water-born diseases and the epidemics of cholera and typhoid which had killed so many of its population in the past.
The PANAMA CANAL - This huge endeavour - in scale, design and engineering firsts, defeated many attempts simple because of the geology and nature of the forces involved. Eventually, after devising methods specifically for this project, the two oceans were joined.
The LINE - the Pacific Railroad, created in the face of major obstacles, e.g. mountain ranges, fierce winters, fraud and hostile Indians, freed America, joined hitherto separated communities and proved what could be achieved in the face of immense obstacle.
The HOOVER DAM - driven relentlessly by Frank Crowe, designer and engineer, the work force created an engineering feat unrivalled for decades and, along the way, union/management disputes were settled (eventually), entirely new construction techniques devised and implemented and the mighty Colorado river "tamed".
In great detail, obviously well-researched, the book describes these astonishing feats of engineering by some of the most audacious, innovative and fearless engineers and builders the world has seen.
For engineers, non-engineers, designers and builders this is a great read which will make readers want to purchase this excellent series.
Ms. Cadbury should feel proud about her achievement. The book is very well written, and the information conveyed in such a relatively short space (only about 50 pages for each 'wonder') is rich, detailed and extremely interesting - and should prove interesting for everyone! She draws together tales from the labourers, from the supervisors, from the finaciers, and from the relatives of those involved with the, often, super-human projects to produce a truly fascinating book.
I don't normally go for historical books, but this is probably one of the best exeptions to that rule. All I can say is, "thank you mum for buying it!"
I would definately recommend this book to everyone...
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