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The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention Kindle Edition
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It must have been difficult for the author not to digress into any of the many fascinating sub-stories.
(How were boiler's soldered, how were technical papers distributed, how did the banking-credit system work.....)
There's enough detail to engage each type of reader (I now know why steam locomotives chuff) while not breaking the narrative thread.
I'm reading this book a second time after reading the bibliography & realizing what this E-book (& other E-media like it) needs (thru no fault of the author). It needs a LinkR so I can digress as I read into sub-stories (supporting content) that interest me but that if were included in the book would burden it's utility.
A LinkR app would work differently for different users:
1. It would post process the book & it's biblio, perhaps tweaked for my interests & insert links in the text.
2. For authors, perhaps a Word plug-in that would permit them to efficiently fine, sort & link relevant content, perhaps tagged for user classes..
3. Commercially a LinkR has value (cookies have crumbs...Google) to both sellers of content & to authors
(think of a LinkR as your personal app-bot that parses your E-content for your interests)
& Here I digress: Thank-you Mr. Rosen a thoroughly enjoyable book.