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James May's 20th Century

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  79 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Our world has been transformed beyond recognition, particularly in the 20th century, and so were our lives and our aspirations. Throughout James May's Magnificent Machines, James May explores the iconic themes of the past hundred years: flight, space travel, television, mechanized war, medicine, computers, electronic music, skyscrapers, electronic espionage, and much mor
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Hardcover, 300 pages
Published September 6th 2007 by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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SilverRaindrops
I've rarely been so sad that I've finished something, but I guess I can always rewind a few chapters and listen to them again.

I've always had a thing for men with pleasant voices explaining interesting things, and combined with my love for James May, it makes this audiobook almost perfect. I can't imagine not listening to it, but - since James has a tendency to list quite a lot of facts in a relatively short amount of time, if you want to pause and research, you're going to have to rewind a lot.
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Nikki
Apr 02, 2008 Nikki rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: History Channel viewers and people who secretly listen to BBC online
You'll get exactly what the title says- James May's take on what he considers the important bits of the 20th century. This book is like a lecture with one of those rare, passionate teachers that makes you suddenly take an interest in something you once considered mundane. If you like that sort of thing, or if you like James May, you're set. If you like both, you'll be really entertained.

Expect an overview of the history of the car, aircraft, and other technological tidbits with some odd facts,
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Min
Anyone familiar with Top Gear will be familiar with James May's wonderful sense of humour. That comes through in the pages of this book, which I found both entertaining and informative. Oh, and be sure to read the photo captions.
Reed
I am a James May fan and honestly expected more from this book. If you want to learn about the history of invention you'd do we'll to read Bill Bryson's, "A Short History of Nearly Everything" instead.
Lindsay
Engaging book written in an entertaining style covering technological advances of the 20th Century. It really is amazing the progress that was made in that time period.
Becca
This book is so incredibly geeky, and I adored it.
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James May is a British television presenter and award-winning journalist.

May is best known as co-presenter of the motoring programme Top Gear alongside Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond. He also writes a weekly column for The Daily Telegraph's motoring section. On Top Gear, his nickname is "Captain Slow", owing to his 'careful' driving style. He has, however, carried out some exceptionally high-
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