A rather strange book: as another reviewer has suggested, it's really two books in one. The (black and white) photos of Jane Magarigal are very good if somewhat samey - people don't get much of a look in here, so it doesn't represent the Tube as we know it, and, absurdly, have no captions: did someone forget to include them?
The text, on the other hand, ignores the photos altogether and gives a short description of the history of the Tube and its design, but it's rather let down by the fact that the photographs don't match with it at all. There's a chapter on Frank Pick's use of posters, but not one picture of any of them (the only posters that do appear are rather dreary ones that happen to be on the walls that are occasionally photographed. And Long waxes lyrically about John Hassall's famous poster "No need to ask a p'liceman" but doesn't show it - this is where the lack of colour in the book really tells. And the chapter "Mapping the network: The genius of Mr Beck" manages to occupy 20 pages without showing us the map - or any map - at all!
This book might have been worth having if the text had told us something about the photographs - where they were taken, for example - but as it is there's nothing. A very odd, and fundamentally disappointing book.
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