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James May's Magnificent Machines: How Men in Sheds Have Changed Our Lives
     

James May's Magnificent Machines: How Men in Sheds Have Changed Our Lives

by James May
 

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The 20th century was a time of extraordinary change as new technologies and inventions emerged at a bewildering rate. From the amazingly complex to the brilliantly simple, this entertaining and insightful guide investigates mankind's greatest creations and successes, including space travel, television, mechanized war, medicine, video games, skyscrapers, electronic

Overview

The 20th century was a time of extraordinary change as new technologies and inventions emerged at a bewildering rate. From the amazingly complex to the brilliantly simple, this entertaining and insightful guide investigates mankind's greatest creations and successes, including space travel, television, mechanized war, medicine, video games, skyscrapers, electronic espionage, and much more. Along with the achievements, the hidden stories behind why some inventions—including the Zeppelin and the hovercraft—struggled to make their mark, and why others failed altogether, are also investigated. Packed with surprising statistics and intriguing facts, this is the ideal volume for anyone who wants to know the story behind history's greatest gadgets and ideas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780340950920
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet 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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