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Spitfire: The History [Hardcover]

Eric B. Morgan , Edward Shacklady
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  • Hardcover: 674 pages
  • Publisher: Key Books Ltd; 2Rev Ed edition (5 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0946219486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946219483
  • Product Dimensions: 30.4 x 21.8 x 5.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 524,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A revised and expanded detailed reference of the Spitfire. The book documents information on more than 22,500 aircraft and offering over 2000 illustrations, including scale plans, action photographs and camouflage and markings artwork.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Few books can safely be called definitive - this is one of them. Shacklady and Morgan's magnum opus covers the history of the Spitfire in minute detail, showing not only the what but the why of every design change and modification. The book is at its strongest when covering all of the various marks of the Spit, and in the comprehensive listing of every Spitfire ever built - over 20,000 individual entries!
Its weak points? Well, one isn't really a weak point, more a matter of emphasis - if you're looking for stirring tales of combat, this isn't the book for you. It's far more concerned with the technical aspects of the design than in recounting all the details of its combat career. That's not really a problem, because the book states up front what it is about, and sticks to it. The only real weak point is that the quality of the photos in the Key edition is not as high as in the first edition, but as it's about half the price, that's a perfectly acceptable trade-off in my view.
If you have any interest in the greatest fighter ever built, this book is a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally, well documented, book! 13 Nov 2000
By A Customer
This is an exceptionally well documented book. Eric Morgan and Edward Shacklady have undoubtedly had access to a unique collection of Supermarine company records, including much correspondence to and from official sources at relevant times during the design and development stages of this much developed aircraft. They have made full use of the material at their disposal to produce what must be as definitive a history of the Spitfire as is ever likely to be written. A book so lavishly documented from many original sources poses in itself a problem for the reviewer or a writer of forewords insofar that it is virtually impossible to check such a wealth of detailed information. Many of the illustrations are unique. It would be possible to criticise the book on many grounds that sometimes it tends to get bogged down under its own weight of detail and perhaps misses some of the broader interpretations. However the authors are to be congratulated on a most comprehensive and detailed history of the Spitfire. It is there for those who care to study it .It is not a book for light reading, but will be an essential on the shelves of serious aviaition historians, and anyone who wishes to study and be well informed about this remarkable aircraft which was by any standards a great national achievement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spitfire-The History 27 July 2003
By poida
The most informative book on the subject i have seen, a complete list of every Spitfire ever built and lists of varients and modifications. A book for the technically minded who wants more than a lot of glossy pictures and not much content. If it has to do with Spitfires you will find it in this book.
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