Author(s): Matthew Wright
As this country developed from 1840 on, transport was the key to opening up areas for farming, forestry and manufacturing. The trains, ships, cars, planes, motorbikes and trucks that we used on to get places and make us more efficient were so relied upon that they have become part of our DNA. In this lively, well researched and affectionate survey of 100 'vehicles' of all descriptions, historian Matthew Wright takes us on a trip down memory lane, reacquainting us with the way we used to get around. The book features both New Zealand innovations and inventions and significant international brands/events/developments that affected this country. The text follows the winning formula of Wrights' earlier book Big Ideas: 100 Wonders of New Zealand Engineering, with around 500 words per topic, large images, and a chronological/countdown format.
Matthew Wright has written extensively on many aspects of New Zealand's past and is one of New Zealand's most published popular historians. He is passionate about New Zealand's engineering past and his writing is both informative and entertaining. His 2009 book Big Ideas: 100 Wonders of NZ Engineering to which this book is the follow-up, was well received and attracted very strong sales.