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an unexpected pleasure,
This review is from: One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw (Paperback)
A friend of mine bought this by mistake - he wanted the excellent thriller of the same title by Kate Atkinson - read it and passed it on to me. It's marvellous! Rybczynski built his own house using only hand tools, and was therefore a natural to write this little history, as he was asked to do by the Editor of the New York Times. - not to write about the screwdriver particularly, but about 'the best tool of the millennium'. The engaging manner in which the book is written, revealing a great deal of interesting and surprising information, coupled with the author's considerable skill in explaining the inventions and processes he deals with, make this a pleasant and enjoyable read as well as an instructive one. He wears his scholarship lightly but it is also a well-researched book - and he's enthusiastic about technology, mechanics and the long history of practical inventions, and that enthusiasm comes across. An unexpected treat.