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Sadly, an unworthy production.
on 29 May 2013
I cannot concur with the other reviews.
From the confused writing of the first three sentences of the "Prologue", to the "cutaway diagram" obviously derived from inaccurate sources, this is a deeply unsatisfactory book. Tellingly, the best and most useful illustrations are from contemporary sources and whilst the commissioned photographs contain interesting detail, that is largely compromised by the style of photography and the fanciful approach to design.
Many of the illustrations "bleed" over the edges of the pages, and disappear into the "gutters". There are quite a few "bleeding" photographs.
So much is wrong with this book that it seems like carelessness. It is written by an esteemed author who has contributed a great deal on the subject elsewhere, but here cannot be relied upon. Without respect for the unfortunate reader, much of the content is opaque whilst the photographer is excessively fond of harsh light, (to instil a sense of drama, perhaps), and is evidently an enthusiast for specular light.
One "bleeding" photograph appears twice, in differing colours, but the effect is enhanced by an adjacent photograph of the same vehicle in a third, and contradictory hue.
Of the "cutaway", there is much to be enjoyed if you wish to count the errors, the arbitrary inclusions and omissions, the misunderstanding of the conventions of representation, and the inept attempt to paste the elements together.
The engine and transmission of the first tanks was provided by Daimler, a well known company.
That is D-A-I-M-L-E-R. Daimler. NOT "Diamler".