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George and Robert Stephenson (Hardback)

Pioneer Inventors and Engineers

British History Transport Georgian Era Victorian Era Trains and Railways Biographies 19th Century

By Anthony Burton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 232
Illustrations: 50 black and white
ISBN: 9781526754981
Published: 14th September 2020

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This is a new biography of two great British engineering pioneers, who did much to develop the world we now live in.

George and Robert Stephenson were at the forefront of early railways and were at the cutting edge of modern engineering history.

Industrial historian Anthony Burton looks into these two giants of the late Georgian and early Victorian age, who were responsible for the development of much of the early railway map in both Britain and other parts of the world.

The work examines the lives of the two men and their ability to overcome some of the most pressing engineering problems of their time.

This is a new work, with newly researched material published here for the first time, which take a fresh look at both pioneering engineers and their achievements.

I have really enjoyed this book, it is very well written and written to a high standard, I would certainly recommend this book to others but especially those who are studying the industrial revolution or the advancement of the 19th century in Britain.

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UK Historian

This volume gives a comprehensive insight not only into the lives of two quite remarkable engineers, but also the whole revolution, engineering, political and social that the building and operation of railways brought. Beyond that is their influence around the world. The book is real education about Victorian entrepreneurship, and is thoroughly recommended.

Ffestiniog Railway Magazine

At times, all of these men shared engineering challenges with the Stephensons and vice versa. Their collective achievements were amazing, in the true sense of the word, and this book amply does them justice.

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Railway & Canal Historical Society Journal

I have read many books on the Stephensons but mostly as individual biographies. This is a good book as their careers are intertwined and in that respect highly recommended. It is a good book for those studying engineering in the 19th century as it pulls together content from other sources. My only minor criticism was that it felt to me slightly biased when discussing their involvement with other contemporary engineers but that may be a personal opinion and should no way detract from the book.

Overall I would recommend

James Simmonds
 Anthony Burton

About Anthony Burton

Anthony Burton is a professional author, who has been writing about the history of technology, including the textile industries for the past forty years.


He wrote and presented the B B C-T V series The Rise of King Cotton and also wrote the accompanying  book.


Recently he has been the advisor to Discovery Channels programmes Industrial Revolutions and Industrial Revolutions Europe, which included visiting silk mills and museums in Britain and Lyon in France.


He is a founder member and former chair of the Stroud Water Textile Trust, that preserves and demonstrates machinery of the West of England woollen industry.

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