Pictorial books by definition live and die by the photos, their depiction and the quality of the prints. The author did it all right in this book, and so the reader is presented with a fine and lovely pictorial tribute to RAF Fighter Command during WWII.
All the pictures are form the Imperial War Museum's collection, most of them previously unpublished. The author has done a fine job in selecting each picture, researching and documenting it as best as possible, and then summarize the results in concise but informative captions. Most of the pictures are of the highest quality, and are nicely printed in glossy paper. While it would have been nice to have a bigger format, without a doubt this would have also driven the price higher. The short introduction into each chapter (one per year) is surprisingly interesting and informative, and makes a well suited companion to the following pictures. If there can be some criticism, it would be the complete lack of color pictures (at least a few pages would have been nice, particularly to compare the different camouflages and aircraft markings). Also, while understandably the importance of Fighter Command in 1945 was much less than in previous years due to the rapid advance of Allied Forces into Germany, the coverage of this year falls rather short.
Overall, this is a lovely pictorial book and a well-deserved tribute to the many fine men and women of the RAF Fighter Command, which makes both for a fine coffee-table book as well as a good reference source - highly recommended.