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This review is from: Victorian Engineering (L.T.C. Rolt Collection) (Paperback)
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.