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Men of iron : Brunel, Stephenson and the inventions that shaped the modern world

Author: Sally Dugan
Publisher: London : Pan, 2005.
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Men of Iron is the story of two men who were bitter commercial rivals but maintained a lifelong friendship. Isambard Kingdom Brunel was the great showman of Victorian engineering. He built the Thames Tunnel with his father, Marc - and held a banquet in it. Aged only twenty-six, he was made engineer to the most ambitious railway of all time - the Great Western Railway. Ever restless, he moved on to a series of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Isambard Kingdom Brunel; Robert Stephenson; Isambard Kingdom Brunel; Robert Stephenson
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sally Dugan
ISBN: 0330432796 9780330432795
OCLC Number: 61476749
Notes: Originally published: London: Channel Four, 2003.
Description: ix, 206 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Sally Dugan.

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