Blood, Iron and Gold: How the Railways Transformed the World

Blood, Iron and Gold: How the Railways Transformed the World

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By (author) Christian Wolmar

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  • Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 32mm | 415g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1848871716
  • ISBN 13: 9781848871717
  • Sales rank: 108,481

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The birth of the railways and their rapid spread across the world triggered economic growth and social change on an unprecedented scale. From Panama to the Punjab, Tasmania to Turin, Blood, Iron and Gold describes the vision and determination of the pioneers who developed railways that would link cities that had hitherto been isolated, and would one day span continents. Christian Wolmar reveals how the rise of the train stimulating daring feats of engineering, architectural innovation and the rapid movement of people and goods around the world. He shows how cultures were enriched - and destroyed - by the unrelenting construction and how the railways played a vital role in civil conflict, as well as in two world wars.

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Christian Wolmar is a writer and broadcaster, principally on transport matters. He writes regularly for a wide variety of publications including the Independent, Evening Standard and Rail magazine, and appears frequently on TV and radio as a commentator. His previous books include the widely-acclaimed The Subterranean Railway, a history of the London underground and Fire and Steam, a history of how the railways transformed the world.

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'Full of wondrous curiosities - This authoritative and highly readable book will remain the definitive history for years to come.' Michael Williams, Daily Telegraph