Dreams of Iron and Steel: Seven Wonders of the Modern Age, from the Building of the London Sewers…

Paperback | January 4, 2005

byDeborah Cadbury

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A world that had changed little from the Middle Ages was altered beyond recognition by the pioneering genius of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In Dreams of Iron and Steel, acclaimed historian Deborah Cadbury tells the heroic tale of the visionaries and ordinary workers who brought to life seven great wonders of the world that still have the power to awe and inspire us today. Fueled by Deborah Cadbury's characteristic scholarship and insight, this extraordinary chronicle re-creates the human odyssey of how our modern world was forged not only with rivets, grease, and steam but also with blood, sweat, and extreme imagination.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

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A world that had changed little from the Middle Ages was altered beyond recognition by the pioneering genius of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In Dreams of Iron and Steel, acclaimed historian Deborah Cadbury tells the heroic tale of the visionaries and ordinary workers who brought to life seven great wonders of the world that ...

Deborah Cadbury is the highly acclaimed author of several books, including Dreams of Iron and Steel, The Lost King of France, and Terrible Lizard. She has also won numerous international awards as a television producer for the BBC. She lives in London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:January 4, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:000716307X

ISBN - 13:9780007163076

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping! Very Hard to Put Down In seven spellbinding chapters, this gifted author recounts the stories of seven of the most outstanding technological accomplishments of modern times (most of these behemoths were built in the nineteenth century). Most histories of these structures, i.e., how they were longed-for, conceived, planned and ultimately built, could likely keep any interested reader mesmerized; but the author’s outstandingly riveting prose makes depositing this book almost impossible, keeping the reader breathless. The writing style is clear, friendly, authoritative, immensely accessible and above all, as already stated, absolutely gripping. This is a book that can be enjoyed by anyone who loves intense drama, high adventure, devastating tragedy and, ultimately, brilliant long-lasting success (well, long-lasting for six out of the seven cases).
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“An engaging and informative read.”