I looked forward to reading this, having enjoyed Gillian Bardsley's excellent Biography of Sir Alec Issigonis. I can recommend it as a fascinating 'illustrated' guide to 'making cars at Longbridge' but as a result, it's a little short on words! Admittedly, the 1970's troubles are well documented elsewhere, as is the BMW ownership debacle, but there seems to be a continuing eerie silence on the genuine detail of it (BMW's ownership) all. I was hoping for some insight into the relationship between the two companies, perhaps something on why John Towers resigned so suddenly shortly after the takeover (He seemed far from happy in the BBC2 documentary "When Rover Met BMW") and I was hoping for a bit of closure over this, and the medium size car that was planned to prototype stage - ready for launch in 2005 - but now languishes in a cellar in Bavaria, as BMW took every detail of it away with them! (For me, another example of them willing Rover to disaster) This part of it all is dismissed in a short paragraph! Why?
So as an insight into the glory years of the company, this book is an affectionate tribute, but as a bona-fida bit of 'closure' it will still leave you clueless and having to rely on the hearsay and rumours that persist.