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on 13 February 2012
What a let down. This book is not a biography of one of the most iconic fighter pilots of the second world war it is just a long list of 74 squadron ORB's followed by the Biggin Hill Wings ORB's. Very little of the books contents are by Sailor, it tells you little of the man, how he felt or fought or developed as a fighting man. It glosses over the Battle of Barking Creak where Sailor let Freebourne take the blame. It is sooo boring, I was so looking forward to reading it and finding out about the man who helped develop fighter tactics but it contains nothing of interest, a real let down.

If you, like me collect and read books by pilots from this era do not buy this one, it is a con and trades on the man's name and reputation. If you are starting to read books of this nature buy Al Deere's Nine Lives or Wing Leader by Johnnie Johnson, you'll not be dissapointed.
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on 6 April 2012
I have a vested interest in reading this book and would not recommend it to anyone who does not. If you want to find out about the specific sorties / flights / kills that Sailor Malan and his peers performed during WW2, then you'll enjoy, else it may become a long read, as it does not deal with too many other aspects of the war, Malan's political views, etc.
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on 17 April 2015
A well known name I knew little about, his story makes for a good read and is recommended
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on 28 January 2015
This book is brilliant. recommended.
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on 30 June 2013
Thank goodness 'Sailor' was fighting for the RAF. Previous reviews have not been complementary about this book, having been written by someone other than the great man himself. This is not an autobiography and this fact is obvious before you purchase it. I felt that the book contained just enough historical detail regarding men, tactics and squadron detail and also combat detail. Obviously the writer had done a great deal of research on such matters and describes the combat action with feeling, no doubt taken from records taken at the time. I doubt if 'Sailor' would have taken the time to write his own autobiography because his work as a fighter pilot was done and he had a remarkable talent for 'moving on' with his life. He could quite easily have stayed in the RAF after the war but decided to return to his native South Africa. What a great shame this great man had to die so young. Perhaps he was able to reconcile his untimely death by recalling all his young friends and colleagues that went before him during the war.
I would recommend this book to anyone, even those not particularly interested in aircraft or WW2. This book is about a true hero and a great leader of men on a scale few of us can imagine.
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on 6 May 2012
To get my hands on the book. A long awaited read which I recently found thank to an aviation magazine
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