Author(s): Steven Brindle
In his lifetime, Isambard Kingdom Brunel towered over his profession. Today, he remains the most famous engineer in history, the epitome of the volcanic creative forces which brought about the Industrial Revolution - and brought modern society into being.
2006 is the 200th anniversary of Brunel's birth Introduction by Dan Cruickshank To be re-set and re-designed for paperback - colour plate sections will feature 50 colour illustrations, many recently discovered as part of the research for this book Brunel nearly became the outright winner of BBC television's GREAT BRITONS Hardback edition was reprinted 'An enjoyable book ...an intriguing insight into the character of a great engineer, pursuing sometimes too ambitious ideas and plans' Bill Richmond, TES 'Monumental...this book provides a superb commentary on Brunel's industriousness, vision, and technical brilliance. He might not have been the greatest Briton, but after reading this wonderful work all should concur that Brunel can lay claim to the title of Britain's greatest engineer' Tristram Hunt, History Today
Dan Cruickshank is a regular presenter on the BBC best known for his popular BBC2 series THE BEST BUILDINGS OF BRITAIN and WHAT THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION DID FOR US. He is one of Britain's leading architectural and historic building experts. For Omnibus he has travelled to Afghanistan and Iraq to discover what cultural treasures remain after years of looting and civil war. Dan Cruickshank is a regular presenter on the BBC best known for his popular series THE BEST BUILDINGS OF BRITAIN and AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY TREASURES. Steven Brindle is regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on Brunel and is famed for discovering and saving Brunel's 'lost' iron bridge at Paddington.