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on 27 March 2010
Like many people, I mainly thought of Trevithick as the father of the steam l;ocomotive and the inventor of high-pressure steam engines, but knew little more except that he died in relative poverty. I have previously enjoyed Anthony Burton's The Railway Empire and hoped this would be equally interesting. It exceeded my expectations. Trevithick's is a fascinating life and it was an eye-opener to see how much he accomplished - with the exception, unfortunately, of making much money from his inventions, although he was more successful than I had realised. Anthony Burton writes in a very readable style with lots of interesting stories and anecdotes, bringing the history alive. The book should appeal to anyone with an interest in steam traction, engineering or industrial history, and quite possibly to anyone who simply likes biographies as there are all sorts of interesting nuggets, like his work in gold and silver mining in South America (sorry about the pun) and exploration of an overland route across the Central American isthmus through uncharted jungle and mountains, which nearly cost him his life. Highly recommended.
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