Seven Wonders of the Industrial World

By Deborah Cadbury

The eagerly awaited new book from Deborah Cadbury, released to coincide with her prime-time BBC 2 series. This is the story of how our modern world was forged – in rivets, grease and steam; in blood, sweat and human imagination.

The nineteenth century saw the creation of some of the world’s most incredible feats of engineering. Deborah Cadbury explores the history behind the epic monuments that spanned the industrial revolution from Brunel’s extraordinary Great Eastern, the Titanic of its day that joined the two ends of the empire, to the Panama Canal, that linked the Atlantic and Pacific oceans half a century later.

Seven Wonders of the Industrial World recreates the stories of the most brilliant pioneers of the industrial age, their burning ambition, extravagant dreams, passion and rivalry as great minds clashed. Such as Arthur Powell-Davis, the engineer behind the Hoover dam, who dreamed of creating the largest dam in the world by diverting the entire Colorado river, one of the worlds most dangerous and unpredictable; or John Roebling who lost his life (and later his son Washington who fell seriously ill) creating the longest suspension bridge ever built, the Brooklyn bridge. These are also the stories of countless unsung heroes – the craftsmen and workers without whose perseverance nothing would have been achieved. Not to mention financiers and shareholders hanging on for the ride as fortunes – and reputations – were lost and won.

Cadbury leads us on an amazing journey from the depths of freezing rocks under the Alps to the mosquito-ridden wilds of the central American jungle as we see uncontrollable rivers tamed, continents conquered and vast oceans joined.

Format: Hardback
Release Date: 26 Aug 2003
Pages: 384
ISBN: 978-0-00-716304-5
Deborah Cadbury is the award-winning TV science producer for the BBC, including Horizon for which she won an Emmy . She is also the highly-acclaimed author of The Feminisation of Nature, The Dinosaur Hunters and The Lost King of France.

Praise for The Lost King of France:'Absolutely stupendous…This is history as it should be. I can't praise it highly enough.' Alison Weir, author of Henry VIII, King and court -

'Outstanding.The action races forward with sumptuously judged pace equal to that of any top rate thriller.' George Lucas, Financial Times -

'Beautifully structured and sympathetically narrated. Something for everyone.' Miranda Seymour, Sunday Times -

”'Gripping from start to finish.” - New Scientist

Praise for The Dinosaur Hunters:‘No other narrative I know illustrates the human element in scientific discovery quite so dramatically.' Richard Fortey, Evening Standard -