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    Magnificent Machines How Men in Sheds Have Changed Our Lives

    ISBN-10: 0340950927
    ISBN-13: 9780340950920
    Author(s): James May, Phil Dolling
    Description: 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  More...
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    Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 352
    Size: 5.12" wide x 7.83" long x 0.91" tall
    Weight: 0.660
    Language: English

    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 inventionsincluding the Zeppelin and the hovercraftstruggled 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.

    James May is a writer, broadcaster and co-host of Top Gear on BBC2. He writes a weekly column in the Daily Telegraph and has presented series for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky.

    Shrinking the World
    The Great Departure
    The People's Popular Liberation Movement
    The Thinking Inside the Box
    A Nice Big Box of Digital Delights
    Towards Infinity's Frontier
    The Greatest Race in History
    Over the Moon
    We Know You're Out There. Don't We?
    The Impossible City
    Room at the Top
    One Nation, One Voltage, One Plug
    Regaining Control of the Car
    The Invention of the Teenager
    Making Waves
    The Hundred Year Format War
    Instruments of the Devil
    Doing the Twist
    The New Fabrics of Society
    War and the World
    The Fight for the High Ground
    Full Metal Jacket
    I Shall Say This Only Once
    Bodily Functions
    The Right Trousers
    Confronting the Inner Self
    A Section for the Anoraks
    Acknowledgements
    Picture Acknowledgements
    Further Reading
    Index

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