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Concorde: The Last Summer [Hardcover]

Peter Marlow , A. A. Gill
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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29 Aug 2006
For over thirty years, Concorde aroused a passion in people from all over the world. This book catalogues the iconic planes last summer in c.100 photographs, capturing the intriguing and sometimes amusing behaviour that Concorde could invoke in people, and the pathos of the end of an era.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; First Edition edition (29 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500513120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500513125
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 18.5 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,028,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photographer's choice 3 May 2011
By Knud
My curiosity about the work of Peter Marlow was sparked by two photos in Magnum Magnum: one of a roaring black monster against a dark blue night sky - and on the opposite page an empty box which had contained exactly the same shape - a model of the airplane. The book from which these photos were taken has certainly met my expectations. But then again - I'm interested in photos, so to me people traveling long distances to watch an airplane are just as intriguing as the airplane itself. I brought it to my photo club and everybody agreed: this book is filled with fantastic pictures of extremely well placed airplanes among many other interesting objects. Highly recommended to art lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book 11 Jan 2008
I think the people that have given this book a negative review have totally missed the point. It's not meant to be about Concorde per se, it's more about the reactions she evoked, and the people such as myself who made the trip to go and see her fly before she retired. I think it captures the atmosphere of that summer very nicely indeed. It would have been good to have a few more decent Concorde photos, but there is no shortage of those elsewhere. So if you want a book containing photos of Concorde in her last summer of operations, this is not the book for you. But that's not really what this book's about...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How refreshing... 21 Nov 2006
How refreshing to see a book that makes you think rather than just the stereotypical "airliners" type photos. This is an art bok, and I can see that if you are a plane spotter, then you would be disappointed, as this is, as advertised, an art photography book. If you are interested in photos of aircraft and flightdecks in a totally unevocative and sterile way, head down to the Queen's Building, at Heathrow, and grab your camera and "noccies" The photographs in this book encompass the entire genre surrounding Concorde, including the people and the passion. Very interesting and beautiful photographs.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very dissapointing 10 Nov 2006
What a shame this book is. It could really have been so much better. The last summer of the iconic Concorde the worlds first and possibly only supersonic airliner.

The few pictures of Concorde are not really that impressive. The many pictures of people staring into the sky, well, there are far too many.

Surely the fact there are all these people looking up into the sky, tells us that it is in fact Concorde that we want to see.

A nice piece from chief pilot Captain Mike Bannister, does not I am sorry to say redeem this book in my opinion.

A big dissapointment, not the detailed story of Concordes last summer in commercial operation with BA that I thought it would be.
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