TheAmazingHiramMaxim[Book: Arthur Hawkey – 2001 – 16x24cm – 174 Pages]. Hiram Stevens Maxim (1840-1916) was one of the most significant figures of the Victorian/Edwardian period. Born the son of pioneering English parents in the backwoods of Maine, he emerged to make himself master of anything mechanical or electrical – his genius fuelled only by intermittent village school studies. Maxim was an outstanding pioneer in heavier-than-air flight. He amazed Victorians with a huge experimental aeroplane, powered by two steam engines, in which he took off from ground level; on one occasion he did so with the future King George V on board. This book seeks out to redress history’s neglect of Maxim in a rounded picture of him as an inventive genius, philanderer, bigamist and autocrat with a kindly streak. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.