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Informative and engaging
on 23 June 2012
Eric Brown and Dennis Bancroft were intimately involved in the M.52 programme, so it's no surprise that it's a thorough account of the programme and a decent analysis of its cancellation. The surprise was how good a writer Brown is. This is one of the best-written aviation books I've read in years. Brown has struck an excellent balance between giving lots of information and writing an engaging tale.
There are lots of photos (b&w only though), and a couple of drawings including a reproduction of an original Miles general arrangement drawing/3-view. The appendices contain some of the important documents in the project's demise, plus a detailed timeline of the project.
I think this qualifies as the definitive book on the M.52, and I can recommend it without reservation to anyone wanting to know more about the M.52, the state of supersonic research in Britain 1936-1950, the W.2/700 engine and the demise of Power Jets Ltd.