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This review is from: Fire and Steam: A New History of the Railways in Britain (Kindle Edition)
As always from Christian Wolmar, an informative book written with style!
I strongly recommend anyone who wants to understand how railways radically changed our society to read this book.
Only one slight criticism - more information re the impact of railways on land values would be useful, especially if it led to the obvious conclusion that to remedy this unfair and unearned gift to landowners - we need an annual Land Value Tax (LVT).
Not only would LVT provide economic justice for all but it would make our economy much more efficient by bringing empty buildings and underused urban sites into use, resolve the unaffordable housing problem, create jobs, rebalance wealth across regions and reduce urban sprawl and thus reduce Co2 emissions and climate change!