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James May's Magnificent Machines: How men in sheds have changed our lives

James May, Phil Dolling

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Prose: non-fiction, 21st century history: from c 2000 -, History of engineering & technology, Inventions & inventors, Humour

James May's idiosyncratic look at the great inventions of our time.

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 explores the iconic themes of the past hundred years: flight, space travel, television, mechanised 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.

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Praise for James May's Magnificent Machines: How men in sheds have changed our lives

  • James May is the best thing ever to come out of Top Gear - Radio Times

  • Smart, sharply written - Guardian

  • The most loveable of the Top Gear presenting trio . . . there's a sharp and interesting mind under the corduroy. Fascinating. - Nottingham Evening Post

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James May

James May is a writer, broadcaster and co-host of The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime. He has presented series for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky. His previous books include James May's Man Lab, Car Fever and How to Land an A330 Airbus.

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