Top Gear co-host Jeremy Clarkson’s book I Know You Got Soul dissects Jeremy’s love of technology and human innovation.
Machines have always interested Clarkson. But it’s not just about the bolts, cogs and bearings and how they’re assembled. It’s much more than that.
This is about the how and the why of their creation; this is about machines with that, for want of a better term, ‘X factor’.
In I Know You Got Soul, Jeremy tells the histories of the inspired, creative (and often crazy) inventors who put the spirit in their creations. Machines such as the Concorde, Rolls Royce, AK47 machine gun, and the Ford GT40 span the brilliant, the dreadful, and the deadly, but Clarkson successfully argues that each were built by people who have passion, and in turn argues that we should love them.
Clarkson’s traditional combination of sarcastic humour, sentimentality and irony make this an easy and enjoyable book to read. Each chapter – covering a different machine – is well-structured, and he’s no averse the questioning the status quo. What’s particularly impressive is his incredible knowledge of history and the interesting back stories that form the basis of these items’ creation.
Can a machine have a soul? You’d certainly think so after reading this.
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I Know You Got Soul is available at Penguin Books