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Guy Gibson VC: The Glorious Dambuster [Hardcover]

Susan Ottaway
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28 May 2008
19 September 2009 marks the 65th anniversary of the death of Guy Gibson, one of the most well-known heroes of the Second World War.
This book, originally published in 1994 as Dambuster - A Life of Guy Gibson VC, has been revised by author, Susan Ottaway, and contains hitherto unpublished information about Guy Gibson's life and family relationships. The author was privileged to be able to speak at great length to members of Gibson's family and from those family members came the details for the original book and for this revised edition. It seemed inappropriate in 1994 to include these additional facts but it is now felt that enough time has passed and that they should be disclosed, as they serve to illustrate exactly how difficult was Gibson's early life and how great was his success in overcoming these difficulties.
Guy Gibson VC - The Glorious Dambuster, a title coined by wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill, also contains 115 photos, some of which have not been seen before.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Speedman Press Ltd (28 May 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0956217605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956217608
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 17.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 644,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dont buy this its out of date 15 Oct 2009
This is undoubtedly a first rate account of Gibson's life. However, readers should be beware as this is the exactly same text that was published in 1994. Furthermore, the quality of the picture plates is very poor and looks like the publisher / printer has simply taken photocopies from an earlier print run. Their presentation is very unprofessional.
A more sensible and enjoyable choice is the new version of this book, now published by Speedman Press under the title Guy Gibson V.C. 'The Glorious Dambuster'. This is a fully revised and updated version of Susan Ottaway's Dambuster, and the photographs are interspersed amongst the text and are of top quality.
I hope this advice is of use to readers
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guy Gibson - Not just another man ! 6 Aug 2010
By Duncurin VINE VOICE
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I really enjoyed this book , each page had me drawn to it and I was fascinated, horrified, inspired, saddened, proud and a whole panoply of other emotions as I progressed through. Susan Ottaway has an elegant writing style that is descriptive and in no way sensationalist and at the same time obviously displays a deep understanding of the man about whom she seeks to enlighten us and also has the technical skill to describe the world in which he lived and the machines he flew. She exposes to the light of day some highly uncomfortable aspects of this young man's family life and at all times handles this with the skill and sensitivity that any tabloid newspaper would do well to follow. I enjoyed looking at the photographs it contains and was amazed to discover that I must have walked past the house in Penarth many many times on my way to the train station in my student days. Ultimately what Mrs Ottaway has demonstrated for all to see is just what is means to be a hero, not just in overcoming one's fear at being killed or caught up in a burning cockpit, not only keeping the Lancaster level and straight on the bombing run, nor drawing flack so that others might succeed but also how to represent oneself and one's country at all times with pride, self deprecation and above all with honour. A good many of our modern day "heroes" like footballers, pop celebrities. politicians, financiers and so forth would do well to read this book. How I wish he were amongst us now.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and well presented 5 Nov 2010
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If you are interested in Guy Gibson's background and early life this is a very revealing book. It includes previously unknown information and photographs. I read this book after reading Gibson's own "Enemy Coast Ahead" and although it was in places a repeat of what I already knew it was nevertheless interesting to have a third person perspective on the his incredible story. It is still hard to get one's head around a man with such enormous responsibility who was only in his late twenties at the height of his service career. I had not really read any information about Gibson's demise and this was handled sensitively. I would highly recommend this for anyone who is interested in the man and his achievements.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Dambusters Story 1 Dec 2007
By Hobo
This is an excellent biography of Guy Gibson of which the Dams Raid is only a very small part of the book. The book covers the life of Gibson from birth to death.The story of his unhappy childhood from a broken home, his tense and failing marriage,his relationship with his men, which wasn't alway the best,particularly the ground crew.His life wasn't easy but through his determination he was noticed and came to lead the raid that was to make his name.Some of the book covers his tour of Canada and America and his dabble with politics and selection as a Parliamentary Candidate.The story of the making of the Film "The Dambusters" starring Richard Todd was good, including the "Spooky" incident involving the dog that was to play the part of Gibsons dog.The final chapters involving the fatal crash,the theory of how it may have been caused,together with the legacy of Gibson makes for a very interesting read.
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