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4.0 out of 5 stars Mannock: The Life and Death of Major Edward Mannock VC, DSO, MC, RAF
Scrupulously researched - the authors even try to correlate the claimed victories of Mannock and his colleagues with the records of German flight crew losses. Full of anecdotes and quoted passages from previous publications that give you a real flavour of what it was like to be there "from the horses mouth".
The writing style is a little dry on occasion, but this is...
Published on 22 April 2009 by Rocky Roller

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1.0 out of 5 stars Stick to research, chaps.
Franks/Saunders may know everything about WWI aviation but they have a communication problem. They can't write English. They should reread Cole's biography of McCudden. They would then have an idea how to write a proper biography and would remind themselves that McCudden was not killed by a beginner's error but by a carburretor failure during an 'aces' takeoff.
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Published on 30 Oct 2008 by J. Busby


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4.0 out of 5 stars Mannock: The Life and Death of Major Edward Mannock VC, DSO, MC, RAF, 22 April 2009
This review is from: Mannock: The Life and Death of Major Edward Mannock VC, DSO, MC, RAF (Hardcover)
Scrupulously researched - the authors even try to correlate the claimed victories of Mannock and his colleagues with the records of German flight crew losses. Full of anecdotes and quoted passages from previous publications that give you a real flavour of what it was like to be there "from the horses mouth".
The writing style is a little dry on occasion, but this is still a beautiful book with lots of rare photographs of Mannock and his colleagues. If you think you know what it was like to be a World War 1 fighter ace from films and television, think again - this really puts you in the pilot's seat and you experience the constant frustration of machine gun jams, losses of young friends and the frequently awful living conditions. A must read for anyone interested in aviation of this era.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mick Mannock Still Veiled, 3 Feb 2009
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This review is from: Mannock: The Life and Death of Major Edward Mannock VC, DSO, MC, RAF (Hardcover)
There have been a number of books on the subject of 'Mick' Mannock and. Like most personalities, there is always room for another after a few years; therefore, this book fits in. It gives reasonable coverage to the subject and gives him a further airing.

The book sets out to reveal where he was born: it fails. Saying that he must be born in one place because his birth is found nowhere else is not convincing. Likewise his eye trouble again, not convincing. Like one other review states, the book covers the biographies of almost all the other squadron pilots and this gives the book a 'padded' feel which the authors could have done without.

Where the book does come to life is with the hunt for Mannocks last resting place. Maybe not convincingly found but it engages the reader and that's what its all about. The book is above average but could have been even better
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Contribution to Often Overlooked Ace, 6 May 2010
This review is from: Mannock: The Life and Death of Major Edward Mannock VC, DSO, MC, RAF (Hardcover)
Being familiar with both of the authors' work, I thank them for giving us a further look into the life of Mick Mannock. Although many will find some areas only briefly touched upon, this book goes a long way in presenting a better picture/representation of Mick Mannock. There is much for 21st Century military leaders to consider here, especially how MAJ Mannock tutored the younger pilots under his supervision, and allowed some to take credit for "kills." A great read and very informative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 6 July 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars good detail, 12 Jun 2014
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Though the style is a bit samey toward the end, the detail is good. Recommended to all with an interest in Mannock or the RFC.
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4.0 out of 5 stars mannock : another biography, 21 Sep 2008
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This review is from: Mannock: The Life and Death of Major Edward Mannock VC, DSO, MC, RAF (Hardcover)
In as much as any further coverage of Maj. Edward mannock v.c is to be welcomed,this volume adds little of new interest however,the section regarding the grave site of maj. mannock seems unnecessary and morbid.surely what is important and should be emphasised is his record as one britain's best ww1 fighter pilots and perhaps the best patrol leader of the war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 Nov 2014
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Very good,excellent service
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1.0 out of 5 stars Stick to research, chaps., 30 Oct 2008
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J. Busby (London, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mannock: The Life and Death of Major Edward Mannock VC, DSO, MC, RAF (Hardcover)
Franks/Saunders may know everything about WWI aviation but they have a communication problem. They can't write English. They should reread Cole's biography of McCudden. They would then have an idea how to write a proper biography and would remind themselves that McCudden was not killed by a beginner's error but by a carburretor failure during an 'aces' takeoff.
This book has no discernible justification. The author's certainly don't provide one. There is nothing new here. They also don't mention an editor. Probably Grub Street is too mean to employ one but they could have checked their stuff before sending it off. Any other biography of Mannock is preferable to this.
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