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A history of travel in 50 vehicles

Author: Paula Grey
Publisher: Thomaston, Maine : Tilbury House Publishers, [2016]
Series: History in 50.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"Paula Grey explores how creative thinkers--sometimes collaborating, sometimes competing, and always building on the work of their predecessors--have envisioned new ways to move about in the world. From the first foot migration out of Africa to the Model T Ford, hot air balloons, submarines, rickshaws, and moon rockets, humans have combined imagination, daring, and scientific and technical knowledge to improve  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Grey, Paula.
History of travel in 50 vehicles.
Thomaston, Maine : Tilbury House Publishers, 2016
(DLC) 2016017688
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paula Grey
ISBN: 9780884483991 0884483991 9780884484912 0884484912
OCLC Number: 939427160
Description: xviii, 268 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Shoes : Feet First! --
2. Litters : Moving Those Who Cannot Walk --
3. Dugouts : The First Boats --
4. Reed Rafts and Boats : As Old as Dugouts? --
5. Planked Wooden Boats : The Shipbuilder's Art --
6. Sailors : Harnessing Wind for at Least 6,000 Years --
7. Skis : Speed on the Slopes --
8. Horses : To Ride Like the Wind --
9. The Wheel : Keep on Rolling --
10. Chariots : Shock and Awe on the Battlefield --
11. Aerial Lifts : In Use More than 2,000 Years --
12. Camel Trains : Ships of the Desert --
13. Dogsleds : Driving Through the Snow --
14. Chinese Treasure Ships : Supertankers of the Ancient World --
15. Wheelchairs : Mobility for All --
16. Horse-Drawn Carriages : Traveling in Style --
17. Yachts : Boating for Pleasure --
18. Taxicabs : Wheels for Hire --
19. Submarines : To the Bottom of the Sea --
20. Stagecoaches : Three Centuries of Service --
21. Buses : Another of Pascal's Great Ideas --
22. Automobiles : "Get a Horse!" --
23. Hot Air Balloons : Up, Up, and Away --
24. Steamships : Ocean Travel on a Schedule --
25. Steam Locomotives : All Aboard! --
26. Amphibious Vehicles : One if by Land, Two if by Sea? --
27. Covered Wagons : On the Oregon Trail --
28. Ocean Liners : Huddled Masses in Steerage --
29. Dirigibles : Self-Propelled Gas Bags --
30. Elevators : An Up and Down Business --
31. Subways : Hurtling Through the Underworld --
32. Bicycles : Pedal Power --
33. Motorcycles : Bicycles on Steroids --
34. Rickshaws : Human-Powered Vehicles --
35. Cruise Ships : Floating Cities --
36. Airplanes : The Sky's the Limit --
37. Snowmobiles : Crossing Winter Landscapes --
38. Recreational Vehicles (RVs) : Cruising on Land --
39. Helicopters : Da Vinci's Dream --
40. Pedicabs : A Cycle-Rickshaw by Any Other Name Would Ride as Sweet --
41. Skateboards : Have Board, Will Travel --
42. Hovercraft : Riding a Cushion of Air --
43. Electric and Hybrid Automobiles : So Nineteenth Century --
44. All-Terrain Vehicles : A Ticket to the Back Country --
45. Manned Spacecraft : Out of This World --
46. Jetpacks : Strap One On and Fly --
47. Bullet Trains : High-Speed Rail --
48. Supersonic Airliners : Breaking the Sound Barrier --
49. Space Shuttles : Into Space and Back Again --
50. The Segway : Pedestrians on Wheels.
Series Title: History in 50.
Other Titles: History of travel in fifty vehicles
Responsibility: Paula Grey ; introduction by Phillip House.

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"Paula Grey explores how creative thinkers--sometimes collaborating, sometimes competing, and always building on the work of their predecessors--have envisioned new ways to move about in the world. From the first foot migration out of Africa to the Model T Ford, hot air balloons, submarines, rickshaws, and moon rockets, humans have combined imagination, daring, and scientific and technical knowledge to improve existing vehicles or create new ones. Geography, culture, and available technologies have all influenced the development and use of vehicles in different parts of the world, and human travel has, in turn, often had a profound influence on society and the environment"--Provided by publisher.

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