Mr. C. B. Petty

Helpful votes received on reviews: 78% (14 of 18)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,572,005 - Total Helpful Votes: 14 of 18
Contrails Over the Mojave: The Golden Era of Jet F&hellip by George J. Marrett
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I thought this book was an excellent read covering one of aviation's most exciting eras and locations. Very different in tone to books like The Right Stuff and Yeager, this concentrates on painting a picture of a dedicated community of professionals, risking life and limb for a regular wage. Marrett isn't afraid to criticise where required, be it his fellow pilots, or the Military Industrial Complex that turned out bad planes as well as good. He even risks charges of heresy by pointing out that Chuck Yeager's famous accident in the NF104 was avoidable, had the legend heeded the advice of colleagues.
The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting: an Or&hellip by Jim Walsh
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK, 5 Jan 2011
Not being a huge fan of the Replacements, I decided to check this book out to learn more about a band that people keep telling me about. I thought the book did an OK job, but like many books of this type the constant adulation of the band and scant mentions of any of the other bands also shaping the US underground scene at the time probably make this one for fans only. It's all well and good to hear the twentieth person say, 'well if you weren't there, you just can't understand how great the 'mats were...' but I wasn't there and I was hoping the book might help me understand! One unintentional plus though was that all Grant Hart's recollections of the early days of the Replacements seem to… Read more
The Archangel and the OXCART: The Lockheed A-12 Bl&hellip by Jeannette Remak
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars flawed but interesting, 12 Mar 2009
Not too many books have appeared over the years to tell the story of the Lockheed A12 in great depth, usually the attention goes to the better known SR71, but there is a great tale of technical ability and pilot bravery that follows the CIA plane and this is what this books attempts to recount. If you are interested in the subject, I'd say read this, but also read Skunk Works by Ben Rich and Paul Crickmore's revised book on the SR71.

The big problem here is that the book appears to have undergone no editing, in fact I'd be amazed if it even went through a spellchecker, so it's not an easy read with incorrect spellings, half finished sentences and in some cases whole sections… Read more

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