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London Under by Peter Ackroyd
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Oct 21, 11

bookshelves: doubleday, 2011
Read in October, 2011

A musing essay tours the sights, sounds, and smells underneath London. In the spirit of a lighter New Yorker essay, Ackroyd covers an astounding amount of history of the worlds underneath London. Especially interesting are the sewers and the early, pre-Underground tunnels, as well as the government's apocalyptic catacombs and WWII shelters. This is not an in-depth, journalistic exploration, rather a generalist's report of the varied attitudes towards, and attempted conquerings of, one of the world's most important city's substrata. In the two days it takes you to read this, you will definitely find a few amazing stories to spark in your imagination.
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