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Title: The Last Journey of William Huskisson: How a Day of Triumph Became a Day of Despair At the Turn of a Wheel
Description: Faber and Faber 2002 Hardcover, 288pp. "'The Liverpool and Manchester Railway was the greatest engineering feat of its age. George and Robert Stephenson's Rocket was to become the most famous locomotive in history. William Huskisson was one of the greatest statesmen of his generation, and certainly the most accident-prone. On 15 September 1830, the three met for the first time.' 'Huskisson's fateful accident, in which the Rocket crushed his leg and thigh, is an unforgettable image of the Industrial Revolution. But what really happened on that day? How did the opening of the world's first passenger railway turn from a glorious morning into a tragic afternoon?' 'The Last Journey of William Huskisson is a tale of ambition, genius, rivalry and legend, plotting the eight-year struggle to build a railway, with a cast of engineers, politicians, actresses, surgeons, socialites and breathtaking machines. It is a loud and evocative snapshot of the times, but above all it is a deeply affecting human story of one man's shocking and very gory demise.'--BOOK JACKET. ", (ISBN: 9780571210480). Near Mint.

Keywords: "Biography, History, Transport"9780571210480 9780571210480

Price: NZD 13.50 = appr. US$ 8.72 Seller: Book Haven
- Book number: 1068479

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