This is a collection of relatively short Clarkson articles about machines he thinks are inspiring. I don’t agree with all his choices, and many of the articles are clearly biased against America. For example, he insists that everyone on an aircraft carrier is stupid. Why? Because they didn’t let him film a fighter with one engine on fire. However, the book is funny, and good light reading. I read most of it on a bus for example. If you’re into Clarkson, then its worth reading.
Like On Cars, this book is a collection of Clarkson’s newspaper articles. These articles are relatively recent though (post 2001), and cover a much smaller span. This book focuses on things other than cars, and Clarkson’s opinions range from sensible and thoughtful to outright weird. I read this book during a series of take offs and landings of flights when they wouldn’t let me use my e-book reader, and that worked well. I wouldn’t want to sit down to read this entire book front to back.
Jeremy Clarkson isn’t one of those people you can read hundreds of pages of at once. That’s probably why he writes articles instead of books. This book is a collection of these articles, and it is an interesting and entertaining read. However, I couldn’t read it front to back. Instead I read it over a series of take offs and landings during a trip, and that worked well. Apart from Jeremy’s sense of humour, and the fact that he’s mostly right, the other interesting aspect of this book is that you get to see his writing style develop over time. It helps explain how we ended up with Top Gear.