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I Know You Got Soul

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  1,158 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Clarkson tells the stories of the geniuses, innovators and crackpots who put the ghost in the machine. From Brunel's SS Great Britain to the awesome Blackbird spy-plane, and from the woeful – but inspiring – Graf Zeppelin to Han Solo's Millennium Falcon, they were built by people who love them.
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Published October 28th 2004 by Michael Joseph Ltd
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Nick
Clarkson does something important with ideas. He throws them together, blends them and makes sure someone is being offended. I like him.

Here he argues that in a fight between the Enterprise, Stingray, Thunderbird 2 and the Millennium Falcon, the Falcon would win. Well this is important stuff and we need get to the bottom of it.
Andrew Ives
A very easy-going, spaced out kind of a read that will last you no time at all. As JC fairly sprints through a varied array of topics from cars to steam trains to spacecraft, there are a few occasions to smirk and a few historical facts and figures which might cause you to say "Well I never!" very quietly to yourself in a Top Trumps kind of way. The colour plates in the middle are a welcome addition although some bespoke captions might've been nicer. I guess the thrust of this book is to start a...more
Barbra
Jeremy Clarkson is someone, like Simon Cowell, who you either like or hate. I just love his sense of humour and he loves one of my favourite machines - the SR-71 Blackbird.

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It will come as no surprise to anyone that Jeremy Clarkson loves machines. But it's not just any old bucket of bolts, cogs and bearings that rings his bell. In fact, he's scoured the length and breadth of the land, plunged into oceans and taken to the skies in search of machines with that elusive certain somet...more
Oscar


Jeremy Clarkson is the "Marmite" of the celebrity world. You either love him or you hate him. He got his writing skills hike he was a journalist, then after becoming famous through the early "Top Gear" tried to quit and become a writer. While he was never successful in quitting, much of his writing was still successful anyway, and his rants about dentists became acquirable in writing. While he can be an inconsiderate oaf, or a racist pillock, most of the stuff he does is great. "Top Gear" would...more
Dane Sørensen
I was given Clarkson's three-book pack a couple of Christmases ago, and this is the only one of the trio I finished. Clarkson is not an especially strong writer, his all-flash, no-substance writing style becoming grating after a while... except here, where it's softened by the genuine love Jeremy has for his subject. The grown man's engineering nous writes in locked step with his childlike sense of wonder, and you can't help smiling to yourself and thinking, "Yeah... that's right!" as he describ...more
Anthony Eaton
If you like Jeremy Clarkson, and don't find him to be an insufferable, smug, overexposed git, then you'll like this. I like Jeremy Clarkson and so by extension I enjoyed this book, even though I suspect it's not so much a book as a cobbled together collection of his various newspaper and magazine material. I know several people who can't bear Clarkson for - they claim - the reasons outlined above but for my money, the fact that he:

a)Has a brilliant sense of comic timing
b)Doesn't take himself (or...more
Rebecca
A quick and easy read about unique machines throughout history and fiction. Entertaining and not very difficult or technical, great for a layman.
Kate Millin
An irreverent look at the machines he think are the best in their field because they have soul (I.e. quirks or are 1st in their field)
Patrick Neylan
If you hate Clarkson, you'll hate this. Goes without saying, really.
But if you like Clarkson, you still won't love this. It's alright, but Clarkson's charm (such as it is) comes in his conscious, deliberate oafishness. And while this book includes a lot of his trademark humour, it doesn't come over so well in print as it does in real life. What's more, there isn't as much of it, since (bless him) Jezza is actually talking about what makes him enthusiastic.
So this book really is for the lovers...more
Paul
Comical yet great understanding of man's best machines.
Richard
I like Clarkson. You may not. If you do, you've probably read it already. If you don't, there's no way you'll even pick it up - not with his increasingly lumpy face on the jacket. Read it and stick in your own random pauses. Think of him as Pinter for petrolheads.

He picks machines which he believes have something special about them and writes about each of them for a few pages. He has an enthusiasm for engineering but little evident knowledge. It doesn't matter. The enthusiasm wins you over and...more
Dilina
Good enough. Just not enough content.
Lisa Scullard
As a big fan of Top Gear and Clarkson's wit, I didn't know if his books would live up to expectations, but I'm really glad I took the plunge. This is the first I've read, and as a combination of industrial history, anecdote, disaster-movie-style real life and humour, this really delivers. You don't need to be an expert on the fundamentals of physics and engineering to follow the narrative, and it's a great insight onto iconic design and the personalities of its creators. Will definitely pick up...more
Marzena
A mix of science, technology, history, and British humour? Count me in!
Jim
….although Jeremy Clarkson's enthusiasm for his machines is sometimes irritatingly childish. I tended to agree with his thesis that some machines do seem to have a soul. The Spitfire, the Rolls, the 747 and the Blackbird. Some of his other choices were a bit more suspect - the AK47, the B52 (although he admits this has a dark soul if anything) and an Alfa Romeo. Cracking photos compensated for a badly edited, rushed out for Christmas, book that I think would have been better as a documentary and...more
Chris
I read this after reading his 'Word According to...' books. I was rather disappointed but I expect like minded Clakson-esque petrol heads the world over or technology or engineering geeks would adore this book. He does give some great explanations as to why he has chosen the different machines he has put in the book and you are totally convinced of his convictions but the material didn;t really interest me. Was worth reading from an education/informative point of view but not particularly entert...more
Jessica
Pretty interesting read, but mr Clarkson sure is an acquired taste. Sometimes his humour hits right and makes you chuckle to yourself, while other times it simply makes you wanna punch him in the face for being such an ass. Nevertheless, I learnt a lot about big machines and it was an easy and quite enjoyable read, that is if you ignore some of the more frustrating jokes. Not a game changer but an alright book for sure.
Kara
I read this in the spirit to which it was intended - a love letter from a great machine enthusiast to the great machines of recent times.

If you have trouble setting aside judgement on machines of war and pollution, give it a pass. This book is totally free of balance and reasoned analysis. But the writing is funny, the stories are interesting and it all comes together to keep the pages flipping.

An all around good time.
AndrewP
An interesting series of essays about various machines that stand out from the crowd and what makes them special. Quite interesting as a lot of the things reviewed are not necessarily the best of their kind, but they have something that sets them apart from rest. Here's a couple of examples to think about; Concord, SR-71 Blackbird, The Yamato and the Spitfire.
Leonie
I read this book between packing to return home to London from Sydney. It was the sort of short, sharp and snappy writing you expect from Clarkson and the subject matter was not even something I would usually care to read about. I just really do like his style of writing. I've left this with my Dad to read as I was able to finish reading it in a day
Daniel Bratell
A nice book to have for those 5 minutes when you feel like reading but don't want to dig into something that is hard to get out of, or that requires a long time to recover from. It helps if you like gadgets and meaningless machines too, because "soul" is something connected to machines that are not just working, helpful machines.
Miroslav Mateev
I really liked this one. I love Jeremy Clarkson's style of writing. However one may dislike his "wimpyness". I saw the series on BBC - Inventions that changed the world, so I could see some of those machines he's talking about in action. It is a quick and pleasant read and I can recommend it to fans of him.
Markku Kesti
Teeveestä tuttu Jeremy Clarkson kertoo miksi ja mitkä koneet hänestä ovat rakastettavia omaan vääräleukaiseen tapaansa. Kone ei jätkän oma kulta, koska se on hyvä, vaan Clarksonin mielestä vasta koneiden tuittuilu ja omapäisyys tekevät niistä aitoja ja rakastettavia yksilöitä.
Heather Selig
Super fast read and clever.
Ivan Kircanski
Clarkson, insightful as always, funny and keeps you entangled in stories as he leads you down the road of machines with the soul. I like him and his style of writing. I would like to recommend this book to anyone who likes Clarkson's humor.
Lawrence
It's a decent list of vehicles with that 'soul' factor. the writing is rather ego driven, then it is Clarkson. And there is an element of British favouritism; oh hang on the british slant is why it get's a four rather than a three
Maggie Mccormick
interesting book. some great facts even though they lead back to ships and cars and subs.
all good if he never mentioned the words jag or escort and those he says on his tv program i would be a bit concerned. i learned some great facts.
Mark Clough
Quite entertaining run through of machines that Jeremy Clarkson thinks possess that certain something. It would have been better if he'd expanded on some subjects and not bothered with others. Good for people with short attention sp
Tim Corke
It's typical Clarkson, full of anecdotes and a humorous take on the world. If you're not a fan, don't bother, but it is an interesting review of machines and their impact on the world to date.
Gordon
An interesting book that talks about machines with souls, most I could relatee to but a couple were a stretch for me. I enjoyed reading this as the descriptions are so well done.
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Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson (born April 11, 1960) is an English broadcaster and writer who specialises in motoring.

He writes weekly columns for The Sunday Times and The Sun, but is better known for his role on the BBC television programme Top Gear.

From a career as a local journalist in the north of England, he rose to public prominence as a presenter of the original format of Top Gear in 1988....more
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