Seven Wonders of the Industrial World

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Paperback. Pub Date :2004-07-05 Pages: 400 Language: English Publisher:. HarperCollins UK The nineteenth century saw the creation of some of the worlds most incredible feats of engineering Deborah Cadbury explores the history behind the epic monuments that spanned the industrial revolution from Brunels extraordinary Great Eastern. the Titanic of its day that joined the two ends of the empire. to the Panama Canal. that 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 ambitions and extravagant dreams. their passions and rivalries as great minds clashed. These were men such as 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 worl...

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‘A great writer.’ The Times

'Cadbury's book is a celebration of the engineer's art.' Guardian

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The nineteenth 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 that joined the two ends of the empire, to the Panama Canal, that 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. Such as 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 worlds most dangerous and unpredictable; or John Roebling who lost his life (and later his son Washington who fell seriously ill) 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 uncontrollable rivers tamed, continents conquered and vast oceans joined.

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