The Iron Road: An Illustrated History of the Railroad

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Written by Christian Wolmar, author of the critically acclaimed The Great Railroad Revolution, The Iron Road is a richly illustrated account of the rise of the rails across the world.

From the historic moment in September 1830 when the first train ran between Liverpool and Manchester, to the high speed trains bulleting across Asia and Europe, The Iron Road: An Illustrated History of the Railroad looks at how railroads have changed the world.

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Overview

Written by Christian Wolmar, author of the critically acclaimed The Great Railroad Revolution, The Iron Road is a richly illustrated account of the rise of the rails across the world.

From the historic moment in September 1830 when the first train ran between Liverpool and Manchester, to the high speed trains bulleting across Asia and Europe, The Iron Road: An Illustrated History of the Railroad looks at how railroads have changed the world.

Photographs, maps, paintings, and illustrations bring events and locations to life, adding a unique visual quality to the stories of great invention, feats of mind-boggling engineering, groundbreaking changes in trade and commerce, and tales of adventurers, visionaries, and rogues.

The Iron Road is the third title in DK's successful illustrated histories format, which combines text-rich narratives with beautiful visual design.

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"[The Iron Road is a] valuable resource for younger researchers meeting social studies, science, and informational text Common Core standards." – VOYA Magazine (Voice of Youth Advocates)

VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Lucy Schall
Wolmar’s comprehensive railroad history employs sixty-four chapters divided into five parts packed with maps, charts, diagrams, illustrations, and pictures that trace the railroad’s evolution from Roman ruts to the revolutionary Japanese Maglev trains. The text addresses the politics, personalities, mechanics, geography, and military interests that have developed, and continue to develop, the train and explains the railroad’s timeless versatility and adaptability, which enables governments to use it for unification, economic expansion, war, pleasure, or persecution. Two-page spreads with technical illustrations and photographs follow each essay. The book’s length, challenging vocabulary, and scope could limit its read-through audience to train, engineering, and history buffs, but its glossary, bibliography, index, cross-references, and chapters ranging from two to ten pages make it a valuable resource for younger researchers meeting social studies, science, and informational text Common Core standards. References to controversial entrepreneurs provide parallels to present-day geniuses, like Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different (Feiwel and Friends, 2012), and give a broader perspective on the problems of technological change. The train’s role in India, Africa, and South America explain and question colonial expansion. As in Sugar Changed The World: A Story Of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, And Science (Clarion, 2010/Voya June 2010), this volume also explores how greed can cause humans to be viewed as expendable parts-for-profit. It is a solid collection addition, especially for high school media centers. Reviewer: Lucy Schall; Ages 17 to Adult.
Library Journal
05/15/2014
A journalist with an expertise in railroad history, Wolmar has expanded on his previous book (Blood, Iron and Gold), telling the story of past, present, and possible future of a 19th-century technology that touched almost every corner of the earth. More than mere history, this book describes the challenges and successes surrounding the development of networks that went on to play a significant role in the ways people lived, worked, fought, and traveled. Mostly focusing on passenger services, this narrative is a highly readable survey of the events that shaped the growth and popularity of rail service and the heroes and villains along the way. Although the many diagrams, photographs, and maps were not seen in color, the reader can expect them to be of similar quality to other books by this publisher. In particular, the technical drawings of brakes, rails, cars, gauges, and other elements are well placed and clearly rendered, making them helpful for anyone new to the subject. VERDICT This is a worthwhile choice for popular reading on the topic and will please fans of Bill Laws's Fifty Railroads That Changed the Course of History.—Barbara Ferrara, Chesterfield Cty. P.L., VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781465419538
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/21/2014
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 267,506
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Christian Wolmar is a broadcaster and an award-winning writer who has written several books on railway history, including Fire and Steam, Blood, Iron, and Gold, and Engines of War. His latest book, The Great Railroad Revolution, is a history of American railroads.

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