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5.0 out of 5 stars Long Overdue, 25 Aug 2009
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E. Waheed (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Edward Turner: The Man Behind the Motorcycles (Paperback)
This is the long overdue biography of a legendary industrialist, perhaps the only British motorcycle designer whose name is still well-known worldwide and revered as a true genius. Not just mototcycles such as the Bonneville but details such as the Thunderbird 'paper dart' logo, stunts such as the Gaffers' Gallop, cars such as the Daimler Dart were all Turner's.
The writing is accessible and the illustrations -many from the Turner family album- are outstanding. What emerges is an insight into the triumphs, tragedies and tantrums of a man who made British motorcycling a world leader through sheer force of personality yet whose must-read report upon the impending superiority of the Japanese industry was ignored by a Britain happily getting rich on updates of his earlier designs.
If you want an insight into a true genius as well as the British motorcycle industry then this book is essential.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Edward Turner, 15 July 2009
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D. Trebble (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Edward Turner: The Man Behind the Motorcycles (Paperback)
There was so much in this book that belied a lot of opinion that circulates in the classic motorcycle press. We find out about Turner the family man, Turner the young engineer and patriot as well as his very strong influence in the motorcycle trade on both sides of the Atlantic. The material is well written and the narrative moves along at a pace that makes the biography interesting and immediate. Particularly good is the setting of industrial and historical contexts at formative periods of his life and the writer stays away from too much focus on the machines that he designed, trying to paint a picture of the man himself. There were few people who had such a profound effect on British industry in the Twentieth Century and this book is compulsive reading for anyone interested in our motorcycling heritage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative read, 15 April 2013
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A good read giving an insight to Edward Turner family life as well as in industry. A few typos but these did not adversely the experience
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4.0 out of 5 stars Turner the real man under the skin, 17 May 2009
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R. S. Boyce (Scunthorpe, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Edward Turner: The Man Behind the Motorcycles (Paperback)
This book shows the real man under the skin and surface veneer, completely convinced he was right regardless. In some respects the cracks showed as they did in some of the vehicles when you had seen them for some time.
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