Underground To Everywhere - Stephen Halliday
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Underground To Everywhere - Stephen Halliday

Code 100199
Reviews (1) 4 out of 5
£14.99
An informative, entertaining and wide-ranging history of the Underground celebrating the vision and determination of the Victorian pioneers who conceived this revolutionary transport system.
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Author: Stephen Halliday

Publisher:  The History Press

Format: Paperback

Pages: 234

London's Underground is one of the best-known and distinctive aspects of the city. Since Victorian Times, this remarkable feat of engineering has made an extraordinary contribution to the economy of the capital and played a vital role in the daily life of generations of Londoners. Stephen Halliday's informative, entertaining, wide-ranging history of the Underground celebrates the vision and determination of the Victorian pioneers who conceived this revolutionary transport system. His book records the scandal, disappointments, and disasters that have punctuated the story and the careers of the gifted, dedicated, sometimes corrupt individuals that have shaped its history. It also gives a fascinating insight into the neglected, often unseen aspects of this subterranean system - the dense network of tunnels, shafts and chambers that have been created beneath the city streets.

4 out of 5
For a slightly larger than A5 size and at just over 22mm thick, this book covers all the events in the past years of Londons Underground. Its 260 pages cover the birth of the London Underground system along with the political battles that were fought to get the system up and running. Many thought the system would never prosper and this continues to the present day, though where we would be without the Underground, I shudder to think. Much is written about the early pioneers and of course the 1930s were perhaps the epitome of style and Architectural design. The book has some colour plates but most of the illustrations are in black and white. This short review cannot pick out individual areas to concentrate on as the book is a comprehensive review of the trials and tribulations of building the Underground. 17 pages of Notes and a Bibliography that is truly comprehensive, should enable the reader, who requires further detailed subject matter, to spend many hours in research. A very good book with a wealth of information to digest.
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