A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this story has a Dickensian atmosphere and explains lucidly how a mill worked -- and why.
Is It Any Good?
David Macaulay's architectural drawings have great personality and beauty, and they are models of lucidity; the same can be said for his prose. Having once read this book, never will you pass an old New England mill without going to take a look at the headrace, or appreciating why it has so many windows, or how come it now houses a software company and a few fancy condos rather than bobbins and spindles.
The combination of illustrations and clear text makes the workings of a power train or a fly-ball governor seem obvious. Macaulay's books are history at its fullest, with threads of architecture, society, economics, politics, and geography all brought together to convey a supple portrait of a time and place.
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