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Dreams of Iron and Steel: Seven Wonders of the Modern Age, from the Building of the London Sewers to the Panama Canal Paperback – January 4, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (January 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000716307X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007163076
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,419,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A fascinating look at the technological triumphs of the in the nineteenth century.” (Booklist)

“Cadbury has a knack for providing interesting asides…an engaging and informative read.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Engrossing...DREAMS OF IRON AND STEEL celebrates the triumphs not just of engineering but of the questing human spirit.” (Stephen Fox, author of Transatlantic)

“An engaging and informative read.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

About the Author

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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Ms Cadbury is a wonderful writer.
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Personally, I found the book to be both informative in its detail and inspirational in its character.
Nicolas Reveles
Since I retired four years ago I have had the time to read a LOT of books, at least a lot for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Woodley on September 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you haven't discovered Deborah Cadbury yet then she is one of the best and sharpest writers around. Her text is spare, her research impeccable, and her ability to draw out threads without resorting to tabloid sensationalism makes for satisfying reading. In this, her third book, Cadbury covers the seven wonders of the industrial world, putting the feats, their makers, and the events into context of the time and what they have meant in history.

This is the GREAT industrial revolution. The 7 wonders are The Great Eastern (the largest boat of its time a double hulled steel boat by Brunel), The Bell Rock Lighthouse, the Brooklyn Bridge, The London Sewers, The Transcontinental Railroad, The Panama Canal and the Hoover Dam.

What I love about Cadbury is that she has not only picked 7 extremely diverse items, (dams, lighthouses, sewers, railroads, bridges, canals, and boats) but she manages to put them into the context of the history of that particular engineering feat, but also in context to the events of their own time.

Her research takes her right into the buidling as well - for instance with the building of the Great Eastern she talks about the need for large numbers of young boys who were employed inside the boat, working in appalling hot and cramped conditions and juggling white hot rivets. There were dreadful accidents but a steady supply of labour meant that new workers were never a problem. The sheer volume of workers however never even made it into the day book though, they were never considered important enough.

She relates this sheer volume of workers back to all these structures. They were all built through the enormous supply of labour available.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rodney J. Szasz on February 14, 2006
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I bought this book because I thought the format and subject nature were most suitable for a long plane ride back to Japan: Seven Chapters on the engineering marvels of the modern world. Each different with its own challenges and particular history. The changing subject nature would keep me interested during the flight -- I was not dissapointed.

The storytelling here is first rate with a good introduction to the historical challenges and necessity of each project -- setting the story in its place as it were. Cadbury then spins anecdotes choosing what she wants and no doubt leaving out a lot of interesting and germane stuff... but it doesn't matter... the purpose of the book is to outline these great projects and, if one wants to, point one in the direction for more material related to such things as Brunel's "Great Eastern" or the Brooklyn Bridge, Hoover Dam or the Panama Canal.

The book has no pretensions to be a serious exposition of any of the projects. It is a good historical tale of each one of them with enough drama and description of the engineering difficulties and personalities to keep one's interest.

Serious Engineers may be expecting more... if so, you will need to look elsewhere. There are no sheer force equations, analysis of holding strength or geographic analysis of strata. But if there were I probably would not have bought this book.

It also fills a vital role in filling in some of our knowledge in these little known challenges that shaped our world so much... I hope I make as wise a choice of books for the next flight.
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The stories told here are eminently intriguing in their evocation of another era, an era when nothing mattered except bigger and more of everything. No matter what toll it took on the masses of workers who gave their time, health and very often their lives in the achievement of these dreams. Our collective memory of these times is in danger of being lost forever; this book goes a long way towards preventing such a loss.

Personally I didn't find the prose to be of a very high calibre. Ms. Cadbury may be spreading herself thin; a first-class editor would have been a definite asset. The structure of the book is not overly sophisticated either. It kind of feels like a laundry list of events; the introduction has the feeling of a student's paper in its preview of the items to be covered in the book.

But there is no denying the importance and fascination of the stories, and for that it is definitely worth a read.
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Ms Cadbury is a wonderful writer. Her prose is clean and clear. I had read the McCullough books on the Panama Canal and the
Brooklyn Bridge, and this gave me a basis to appreciate what a fine job she did on condensing these two topics.

So many history books are about politics or war, which I find boring, but the history of people actually doing something to make life better makes a great read.

I bought her Terrible Lizards, and I am looking forward to it.
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