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The railways were the most revolutionary innovation of Victorian times.They carried Britain into the modern age with dramatic speed - transforming the pace and style of everyday life. We owe them to two men who - father and son - can lay claim to be the most important engineers of their time - George and Robert Stephenson. In this excellent biography L. T. C. Rolt - author of Brunel and Thomas Telford - assesses their life and their work.This biography is a work of distinction in both the historical and social sense. It is written by one who adds engineering knowledge to biographical skill. E. W. Martin in the ListenerMr Rolt is a master of correct terminology and can even turn it to literary advantage where - under another hand - it would cumber context with jargon. This gift - coupled with his own practical knowledge of mechanical and civil engineering - has enabled the author to produce yet another contribution to English history - which would have been quite beyond the power of the academic historian. Edmund Vale in the Observer... Please click here to ask a question
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