Dreams of Iron and Steel: Seven Wonders of the Modern Age, from the Building of the London Sewers to the Panama Canal (Paperback)

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Description


A world that had changed little from the Middle Ages was altered beyond recognition by the pioneering genius of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In Dreams of Iron and Steel, acclaimed historian Deborah Cadbury tells the heroic tale of the visionaries and ordinary workers who brought to life seven great wonders of the world that still have the power to awe and inspire us today. Fueled by Deborah Cadbury's characteristic scholarship and insight, this extraordinary chronicle re-creates the human odyssey of how our modern world was forged not only with rivets, grease, and steam but also with blood, sweat, and extreme imagination.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

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.

Praise For…


“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
Product Details
ISBN: 9780007163076
ISBN-10: 000716307X
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: January 4th, 2005
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: P.S.