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Fantastic perspective on history, workaday style,
This review is from: Dreams of Iron and Steel: Seven Wonders of the Modern Age, from the Building of the London Sewers to the Panama Canal (Paperback)
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.