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Our world has been transformed beyond recognition, particularly in the twentieth century, and so were our lives and our aspirations. Throughout JAMES MAY'S MAGNIFICENT MACHINES James May, co-presenter of The Grand Tour, explores the iconic themes of the past hundred years: flight, space travel, television, mechanized war, medicine, computers, electronic music, skyscrapers,Our world has been transformed beyond recognition, particularly in the twentieth century, and so were our lives and our aspirations. Throughout JAMES MAY'S MAGNIFICENT MACHINES James May, co-presenter of The Grand Tour, explores the iconic themes of the past hundred years: flight, space travel, television, mechanized war, medicine, computers, electronic music, skyscrapers, electronic espionage and much more. But he also reveals the hidden story behind why some inventions like the Zeppelin, the hovercraft or the Theremin struggled to make their mark. He examines the tipping points - when technologies such as the car or the internet became unstoppable - and gets up close to the nuts and bolt of remarkable inventions. Packed with surprising statistics and intriguing facts, this is the ideal book for anyone who wants to know how stuff works and why some stuff didn't make it....

Title : James May's Magnificent Machines: How men in sheds have changed our lives
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ISBN : 9780340950920
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 336 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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James May's Magnificent Machines: How men in sheds have changed our lives Reviews

  • Jim
    2018-09-29 21:25

    As light as a helium balloon, this seemed like a verbatim script from a TV show where viewers have the attention span of a gnat, or a lack of words can be filled with nice moving pictures. To say it skimmed histories, like that of the Apollo project or the evolution of the Internet does a injustice to the word "skimmed". Clarkson does this stuff too, but somehow much better, and you can see why he fronts Top Gear with a couple of lightweight supports. Like James May.

  • Ellie Silcox
    2018-09-29 23:19

    This book is quite interesting so far. I normally find James May a little dry, but wow, he's got an amazing sence of knowledge. This book is worth a read, but probably if your into cars or something like that.

  • Laura
    2018-10-06 22:02

    Eminently readable, without being too technical. A great overview of some of the technological leaps of the 20th century. I enjoy James May on Top Gear very much, and this book lets you see a little bit into his own fascination with motors and technology. Wish I could have seen the TV series, too! My dad will love this book.

  • Gregory Gay
    2018-09-20 00:13

    Really interesting overview of the biggest inventions and technical trends of the 20th century. Not in depth enough about any one subject, but great for a broad view. Definitely gave me a list of topics to read about later in more detail.

  • Thierry
    2018-09-26 20:14

    Bien sur James May n'a pas l'humour caustique et ravageur de Jeremy Clarkson, mais il est plus fin, plus british. Et ce livre reprenant les plus grandes inventions de l'homme m'a appris différentes choses et anectodes et c'est très bien.

  • Steve
    2018-10-02 21:11

    This book looks at the invention and progression of a number of modern machines. Included are the airplane, computer, spacecraft and nylon. All are described using May’s trademark wit. A fun little book.

  • David
    2018-09-24 17:03

    Really a book of trivia. But quite like May's stuff

  • Richard Hurst
    2018-10-15 00:25

    The guy is so enthusiastic. Great book to have as an audio version which is what I had.