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Madness: A Brief History
Madness: A Brief History
by Roy Porter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Madness A Brief History, 30 Jan 2014
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An Excellent introduction. as the Guardian review stated, 'brief but fruitfully dense'. Porter was an enthusiast and gifted writer. His personal quips and comment bring the history alive. A worthy introduciton to a fascinating subject.


Luck and a Lancaster: Chance and Survival in World War II (Airlife Classics)
Luck and a Lancaster: Chance and Survival in World War II (Airlife Classics)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid and honest account of going to war in a Bomber during WW2, 28 Jan 2013
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This account is an honest and touching account of the career of a pilot during WW2. Starting with the enthusiasm and naivity of youth, through selection and training, the author recollects his progress in an engaging way. The book deals with the losses encountered in the training, the pressures and risks associated with initial training, through transition to multi-engine aircraft, mostly the Aitspeed Oxford trainer, finally being streamed onto bombers. The differences in flying the Wellington and eventually conversion to the Lancaster are well covered and put the reader in the cockpit with him. The author recounts numerous anecdotes and descriptions of flying both training missions and an acutual tour of duty. In this he describes the comaraderie and relationships with his crew, and those fighting alongside him. The account does not revert ot sentimentality, however covers the loss and anxieties facing the crews as they prepare to fly a mission into Germany. An exellent read.


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