Brunel: The Life and Times of Isambard Kingdom Brunel

by Angus Buchanan.

A balanced biography of the legendary early Victorian engineer.


I liked the way this biography tried to balance Isambard Kingdom Brunel's achievements with his undoubted cock-ups, but I came out of it feeling that his achievements had been undersold.

I guess I was hoping for more enthusiastic advocacy from the author. I wanted wows, but I didn't get many. Perhaps I was being unfair to Buchanan, who might more fairly be said to maintain a professional detachment from his subject throughout the book.

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Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.

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