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The Last Journey of William Huskisson: How a Day of Triumph Became a Day of Despair at the Turn of a Wheel

 
 
Author
Simon Garfield.
Publisher Faber & Faber  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780571210480
Pages/Publication Date 244/2002
Daedalus Item Code 43943
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George and Robert Stephenson wanted their "Rocket" to become the most famous locomotive in history, but on September 15th, 1830, the engine's debut was marred by disaster when it fatally crushed the leg and thigh of eminent statesman William Huskisson. The incident was considered an ill omen of the Industrial Revolution, and Huskisson was the first widely reported victim of the railways. The bestselling author of Just My Type, On the Map, and The Error World: An Affair with Stamps examines what really happened that day, and his entertaining history is a tale of ambition, genius, rivalry, and legend.
 
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