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5.0 out of 5 stars Technological history as it should be written!
At last someone has got past the usual cliches about the invention of the jet engine. This convincing account shows how shaky the jet programme really was during the war. I was also intrigued to see how persistently Whittle seemed to have 'bitten the hand that fed him' and brought about much of his own misfortune.
The author has a good clear style and puts across...
Published on 20 April 2004

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not about the jet engine
The back of this book gives an impression that it is about the development of the jet engine. Regrettable, with the exeption of some photos, and some interspersed minor stuff, it is mostly about Frank Whittle and the bureaucratic "battle" - that is probably more famous than the development of the jet engine itself. The book gives some very good reasons that it was decided...
Published on 13 Feb 2006 by Ole Bjrsvik


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Technological history as it should be written!, 20 April 2004
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This review is from: Frank Whittle: Invention of the Jet (Hardcover)
At last someone has got past the usual cliches about the invention of the jet engine. This convincing account shows how shaky the jet programme really was during the war. I was also intrigued to see how persistently Whittle seemed to have 'bitten the hand that fed him' and brought about much of his own misfortune.
The author has a good clear style and puts across technical issues with unusual ability. My only criticism is that this is quite a short book on a fascinating topic. I wish it had been longer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not about the jet engine, 13 Feb 2006
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Ole Bjrsvik "Ole Bjørsvik" (5172 Loddefjord, - Norway) - See all my reviews
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The back of this book gives an impression that it is about the development of the jet engine. Regrettable, with the exeption of some photos, and some interspersed minor stuff, it is mostly about Frank Whittle and the bureaucratic "battle" - that is probably more famous than the development of the jet engine itself. The book gives some very good reasons that it was decided to do it in other ways than what Frank Whittle wanted, with regards to development and production of the engine. And the book has a role to play in this regard. But as a book of the development of the engine itself it is disappointing. Due to the fame of this bureaucratic 'battle' a really good book about the technical challenges will probably never be written. But the book is well enough written.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rather ho-hum, 16 Dec 2010
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I bought this book at the same time as Not Much of an Engineer by Sir Stanley Hooker. Each gives some account of the early development of the jet engine in England. I regard my purchase of this small volume as something of a waste of money. It is written in a rather dry manner and seems to be an attempt at myth-busting. Perhaps there are some myths, but I recommend the other book as being far more interesting and written by one who was himself something of a genius and knew Whittle personally, with a sound grasp of the politics behind the development of the jet engine.
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