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About The Book
Thomas Telford's name is familiar; his story less so. Born in 1757 in the ScottishBorders, his father died in his infancy, plunging the family into poverty. Telford's lifesoared to span almost eight decades of gloriously obsessive, prodigiously productiveenergy. Few people have done more to shape our nation.
Thomas Telford invented the modern road. A stonemason turned architect turnedengineer, he built churches, harbours, canals, docks and the famously vertiginousPontcysyllte aqueduct in Wales. He created the backbone of our national road network.
His bridges are some of the most dramatic and beautiful ever built, most of all the MenaiBridge, a wonder then and now, which spans the dangerous channel between themainland and Anglesey. His constructions were the most stupendous in Europe for athousand years, and-astonishingly-almost everything he ever built remains in usetoday.
Telford was a complex man: a shepherd's boy who loved the countryside but helpedindustrialise it; an ambitious man who cared little for accolades; highly sociable andcharming, but peculiarly private about his personal life; and an engineer who was also apoet. He cherished a vision of a country connected to transform mobility and commerce:his radical politics lay not in ideas but the creation of useful, solid things.
In an age in which economics, engineering and national identity came together,Thomas Telford's life was a model of what can be achieved by persistence, skill andambition. Drawing on contemporary accounts, this, the first full modern biography ofTelford, at once intimate and expansive, is an utterly original portrait. It is a book of roadsand landscapes, waterways and bridges, but above all, of how one man transformedhimself into the greatest engineer Britain has ever produced.
About The Author
Julian Glover is a journalist, speechwriter and special adviser. Previously a columnistfor the Guardian, in 2011 he was appointed chief speechwriter to David Cameron beforein 2012 being made special adviser in the UK Department for Transport. He is marriedto The Times columnist and former Conservative MP Matthew Parris.
|Title:||Man of Iron||Publisher:||bloomsbury publishing|
|No. of Pages:||448|