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VINE VOICEon 26 February 2009
In "Victorian Engineering" LTC Rolt provides a wonderfully readable history of the industrial revolution in Britain from the perspective of the magnificent engineering triumphs achieved. The book celebrates the well-know greats of engineering, but also many others we should know more about. Mr Rolt also comments on the decline of Britain's leadership of the field of engineering - putting this down to snobbery and a lack of vision. As the title suggests, the book focusses on the Victorian era and only gives limited coverage of earlier developments (with the exception of James Watt). Mr Rolt's prose is elegant, fresh and energetic and this is a great read. This book was published nearly 40 years ago and remains compelling reading for anyone interested in the subject.
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History has become a popular TV and coffee table book subject over the last few years and often done well. However, often I'm left feeling I need to know a little more and therefore I look for additional books on the subject. This appealed because it focus' on possible Britain's greatest ever period, the Victorian one.

Not sure exactly when this book was written but late 60's or early 70's. The author therefore comes from an era when readers where understood to be intelligent human beings with the capacity to think and to understand information and opinion without resorting to gimmicks. This is not a 'pop' history book.

Nor is it a heavy unreadable one. It is written for those who have an attention span greater than the life of a soap bubble and who can read and digest a book minus large amounts of pictures. There is a wealth of information and reasoned opinion from a man who has clearly done his research well. It's probably the best book covering engineering of this period that I've read and a must for those who find the subject of the huge engineering changes exacted over the Victorian period interesting.

Overall, a brilliant book.
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on 25 July 2014
This new edition of L T C Rolt's classic and beautifully written book is spoiled by being littered with copying errors. On Page 6 we are told that George Stephenson "lived on in retrirement until 1949". The use of the word "moulton" for "molten" on page 84 would suggest that the text has been transcribed using speech recognition software. The book has not been properly edited, and the frequent errors lead to a loss of faith in Rolt's original text. A great shame.
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on 18 January 2015
LTC Rolt is a master of his subject and as such manages to write very well informed and interesting books on the wide subject of engineering history. He also provides some quite amusing asides along the way that serve to add a lighter note to the detail. All in all,a very enjoyable read.
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on 31 March 2011
Well, this is a book that does very much what it says on the cover - a hymn of praise to a somewhat esoteric selection of British Victorian Engineers and their major works.

Casual readers should be aware that this is a reprint, originally published in 1962, and that the author actually died in 1974. Enthusiasts will be aware of the author's classic texts, such as "Red for Danger", which have been revised and updated. This book has not, and lacks the illustrations and print quality which are "de rigeur" in modern books.

Easy reading - no; but a valuable insight into both the Victorian era, and the attitudes and mores of the late 1950's, yes.
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on 17 March 2015
Good price and delivery. Interesting book. Would have liked more illustrations to support the descriptions of engineering advances.
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on 18 April 2015
first class in every respect
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on 16 November 2014
This is a Christmas gift for a friend - I hope he likes it
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