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4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing to read- but cars poorly covered, with factual errors and omissions, 27 Nov. 2012
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This book is a very 'good read', but to my observation the author isn't that interested in cars- which is not really a good thing if you are writing a book about pre WW2 Rolls Royce! For example the Peregrine was a small car designed for the Depression: it was never put into production, but it very nearly was and there were no less than six prototypes, the Bentley being developed from it- yet here the Peregrine only receives a brief mention, full of errors. For example it was not, as stated, shelved in 1930; the prototypes were not even made until 1932. The acquisition of Bentley Motors and development of the Derby Bentley car- a complex and fascinating tale- occupies just four and a half pages and again there are errors and omissions. From the introduction of the '20' on page 99 the whole range of cars made between the wars- except for the Phantom 111- is 'polished off' by page 105. However the story of the American Springfield company is well told and the big differences between conditions in the two countries are clearly explained.

In addition to earlier coverage of WW1 Aero engines, the last 190 pages of the 325 are entirely about aero engines and aircraft, subjects that the author is clearly most comfortable with. In fact there is so much here about the Schneider Trophy, Spitfire, Hurricane, and about Whittles early jet engine experiments, that the reader can forget this is supposed to be a book about Rolls Royce! Of course the Merlin, especially, contributed mighily to winning the whole war so it certainly deserves major coverage, but the 'balance' of the book is too concentrated on aeronautics generally and on those few years before WW2 in particular.

Mr Pugh's great talent is in painting 'word portraits' of the characters in the story- which is fortunate, since Rolls Royce was bursting with real personalities, from Henry Royce downwards: understand them and you can appreciate everything else. Henry Royce was a poor manager but as a brilliant engineer he laid the foundations for victory in the air in two world wars: why it took the country until 1930 to honour him with a knighthood I do not know. This is a company for which the term 'company man' could have been invented. Take the examples of the two young apprentices, Hallenbury and Platford, who assembled the very first Royce car. Both of them became important personalities between the wars and when Platford died in 1938 Ernest Hives decreed that his rather ideosyncratic title of 'Chief Tester' would never be used again.

Mr Pugh is very supportive of Hives, but dismissive of some others- especially Basil Johnson and Sigreaves. The claim that, under them, the company was just drifting between 1926 and 36 simply is not in keeping with the facts. Mr Pugh points out that the areo engine business did not overtake that of the motor cars until 1935 yet by 1938 it was six times as valuable. This is indeed true, but until re-armament the opportunity simply was not there. Basil Johnson was clearly too timid for the job, but Sidgreaves actually had a fine record. Hives did not take over general management until 1936: his re-organization was important, but this was only possible because the basic structure was sound and the staff excellent. I admit to personally being more interested in cars than aero engines, but the errors and omissions I noted in the coverage of the cars do make me wonder how many other omissions and prejudices there may be elsewhere.

In summary, this is a very well written book and it is very enjoyable to read, but its subtitle is 'The Rolls Royce Story' and with that in mind the content is poorly 'balanced': readers interested in the cars will be rather disappointed and it is necessary to keep an open mind about some of the stated 'facts' and opinions. There are plenty of good books available for cross checking and I did wonder if Mr Pugh had actually read some of the books listed in his own biography: for example, quite a few errors concerning motor cars would have been avoided if he'd really read Ian Rimmers book 'Rolls Royce & Bentley: The Experimental Cars'.

As a 'post script' I note that CS Rolls once admitted that he wanted his name to be synonymous with excellence- like Purdy hunting guns: if only he'd been able to see into the future!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Insight into Engineering History, 17 April 2000
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As an engineering student, I was very interested in this book. Basically, it gives you an overview over the recent history and points out how important British engineering companies have been (and are). I am waiting forward to the next volume and highly recommend it to other students or person interested in engines!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rolls Royce as you probably did not know!, 12 Feb. 2015
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Good and interesting.
I like Rolls Royce motor cars, who would not but I was not aware of the other areas they manufactured or designed.
Good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 Mar. 2015
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This is a very complete but eminently readable account of the R-R story. Recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 Nov. 2014
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perfect quality at an amazing price highly recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 Feb. 2015
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excellent, would recomend
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5.0 out of 5 stars All about Rolls Royce, 30 May 2013
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An excellent book which came in superb condition and is an absorbing read about RR cars and engines from the very beginning. Super postal service and a book I shall keep.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As the name says 'Magic', 19 July 2013
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Very informative plenty of detail obviously very well researched and clearly explained. The part on then lead up to WW2 is particularly interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good buy, 9 Jun. 2013
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Excellent basic metallurgy book.
Overall very pleased with the book and service.
For the price paid excellent value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 Feb. 2015
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