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An excellent history of an amazing human feat
on 16 November 2014
This is another compelling book from Christian Wolmar. I am not a railway buff, but his works always cover so much more than the railway around which they are based. This one covers the building of the trans-Siberian railway (or, more accurately, railways) and the whole political, social and economic world that surrounded it. Given that this covers the final years or tsarist Russia, the First World War, the revolution, and then the Soviet union, it is a wide ranging work. The author manages to stick to the theme, whilst covering all the outside influences that affected it. It is very readable, and really does make you think about how one structure can have such far-reaching effects. Whether I agreed totally with all the authors conclusions and connections I'm not sure, but the point is he made me think about them. That is why I read history books in the first place!