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Dalton C. Rocha
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I read this good book, here in Brazil. This book has many good things:
1- I'm not an expert about ultra haulers, but I think that this book is correct about this subject.
2- This book is concise and easy to understand.
3- This book has many photos. In fact, more than 60% of this book are its photos. The photos are with color.
4- The chapter three is about robot trucks and is very good.
5- Every chapter has details of historical importance about its subject.
6- This book was made with good paper.
This book has three main failures:
1- There's text, about trucks made in former Soviet Union, but there's no photos about them.
2- This book hasn't enough text about ultra haulers made outside the United States.
3- On page 136, the author forgets the conquests of Brazilian Alberto Santos Dumont (1873-1932) and Bartolomeu Lourenço de Gusmão (1685-1724). About the last, the wikipedia article about Bartolomeu Lourenço de Gusmão has these words:"t dates however from at least the end of the 18th century, as the following article in the London Daily Universal Register(later The Times) of October 20, 1786, makes clear:
"By accounts from Lisbon we are assured, that in consequence of the experiments made there with the Montgolfier balloon, the literati of Portugal had been incited to make numerous researches on the subject; in consequence of which they pretend that the honour of the invention is due to Portugal. They say that in 1720, a Brazilian Jesuit, named Bartholomew Gusmao, possessed of abilities, imagination, and address, by permission of John V. fabricated a balloon in a place contiguous to the Royal Palace, and one day, in presence of their Majesties, and an immense crowd of spectators, raised himself, by means of a fire lighted in the machine, as high as the cornice of the building; but through the negligence and want of experience of those who held the cords, the machine took an oblique direction, and, touching the cornice, burst and fell.
The balloon was in the form of a bird with a tail and wings. The inventor proposed to make new experiments, but, chagrined at the raillery of the common people, who called him wizzard, and terrified by the Inquisition, he took the advice of his friends, burned his manuscripts, disguised himself, and fled to Spain, where he soon after died in an hospital.
They add, that several learned men, French and English, who had been at Lisbon to verify the fact, had made enquiries at the Carmelite monastery, where Gusmao had a brother, who had preserved some of his manuscripts on the manner of constructing aerostatic machines. Various living persons affirm that they were present at the Jesuit's experiments, and that he received the surname of Voador, or Flying-man."