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Story of Travel in 50 Vehicles, A


Story of Travel in 50 Vehicles, A

In A History of Travel in 50 Vehicles, Paula Grey explores how creative thinkers–sometimes collaborating, sometimes competing, and always building on the work of their predecessors–have envisioned new ways to move about in the world. From the first foot migration out of Africa to the Model T Ford, hot air balloons, submarines, rickshaws, and moon rockets, humans have combined imagination, daring, and scientific and technical knowledge to improve existing vehicles or create new ones. Geography, culture, and available technologies have all influenced the development and use of vehicles in different parts of the world, and human travel has, in turn, often had a profound influence on society and the environment.


Notable Features

-Illustrates the persistence of creative ideas by tracing modern vehicles back hundreds of years to their original conception.

-Includes a mix of common and not-so-familiar vehicles from a variety of cultures.

-Presents inventors failures as well as their successes.

-Challenges readers to think and engage by discussing social and environmental impacts.

-Includes sources by chapter; teaching resources as jumping off points for student research; and endnotes.


The History in 50 series explores history by telling thematically linked stories. Each book includes 50 illustrated narrative accounts of people and events some well-known, others often overlooked that, together, build a rich connect-the-dots mosaic and challenge conventional assumptions about how history unfolds. Fall 2015 introduced A History of Civilization in 50 Disasters. Future titles include A History of Medicine in 50 Discoveries, A History of American Culture in 50 Innovators, A History of the Universe in 50 Milestones, A History of Sports in 50 Athletes, and A History of Ambition in 50 Hoaxes.

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