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James May's 20th Century

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ISBN-13: 978-0340950913
ISBN-10: 0340950919
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'James May is the best thing ever to come out of Top Gear' -- Radio Times 'Smart, sharply written' -- Guardian 'The most loveable of the Top Gear presenting trio ... there's a sharp and interesting mind under the corduroy. Fascinating.' -- Nottingham Evening Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

James May is a writer, broadcaster, and the cohost of Top Gear. His previous books include May on Motors, Notes from the Hard Shoulder, and Oz and James’s Big Wine Adventure.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (April 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340950919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340950913
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,562,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Aaron Headly on March 22, 2008
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Fans of James May's work on Top Gear will not be disappointed with this collection of essays on many of the major technological advances of the twentieth century.

There are some obscure (and entertaining) details within, but serious tech geeks won't encounter much they didn't already know. As a serious tech geek myself, that didn't keep me from enjoying it.
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The 20th century summed up as a series of important inventions and developments. It's an interesting and entertaining read, and May writes with wit and charm (full disclosure, I have a bit of a crush going here, so I could be slightly biased! And who knows, maybe the coauthor wrote the best bits). It's not meant to be the definitive work on the century, I imagine, but it's a great look at where lots of our important things came from, and where they went. You'll come away knowing a little more about any number of things, from motorcycles to guitars (and the scourge of the ukelele). One or two of the chapters drag a bit with the recital of purely technical information, but overall, it's pretty engaging.
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This book is just a nice, relaxing tome of James May's news paper columns that give a bit more information about the development of vehicles and other machines that some people would rather you not know.
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A very interesting work if you enjoy scientific history. Those not familiar with James May's dry sense of humor might not be as entertained.
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James's writing is OK, but a bit slow. I guess thats why they call him Capt. Slow. Jeremy and Richard write much funnier reads
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