The eagerly awaited new book from Deborah Cadbury. This is the story of how our modern world was forged - in rivets, grease and steam; in blood, sweat and human imagination.
The 19th century saw the creation of some of the world's most incredible feats of engineering. Deborah Cadbury explores the history behind the epic monuments that spanned the industrial revolution, from Brunel's extraordinary Great Eastern, the Titanic of its day, which joined the two ends of the empire, to the Panama Canal, which linked the Atlantic and Pacific oceans half a century later.
'Seven Wonders Of The Industrial World' recreates the stories of the most brilliant pioneers of the industrial age, their burning ambition, extravagant dreams, passion and rivalry as great minds clashed. These minds included Arthur Powell Davis, the engineer behind the Hoover Dam, who dreamed of creating the largest dam in the world by diverting the entire Colorado River, one of the world's most dangerous and unpredictable; and John Roebling and his son, Washington, who both lost their lives creating the longest suspension bridge ever built, the Brooklyn Bridge.
These are also the stories of countless unsung heroes - the craftsmen and workers without whose perseverance nothing would have been achieved - not to mention financiers and shareholders hanging on for the ride as fortunes - and reputations - were lost and won.
Cadbury leads us on an amazing journey from the depths of freezing rocks under the Alps to the mosquito-ridden wilds of the central American jungle as we see wild rivers tamed, continents conquered and vast oceans joined.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 11 / 2003
- 153 x 234mm