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4.0 out of 5 stars Dramatis Personae, 7 Jun. 2010
This review is from: 21st Century Jet: The Making and Marketing of the Boeing 777 (Hardcover)
Sabbagh does a good job of explaining the technicalities behind the design and manufacturing of the Boeing 777. Yet it remains accessible for those who do not have a background in aviation.

Throughout the book I was annoyed by the constant physical descriptions of various people and their personalities. I can understand that some readers will like this though. But I found degrading his remarks on the physical stature and cultural traits of the Japanese people in particular. In my opinion this kind or remarks has no place in a book like this. The other thing that bothered me is the naive and pervasive admiration the author displays toward Boeing. It is certainly a great company with an astounding legacy. But little room was made in this book for the other players in the field. And the few times they were mentioned it was mostly on a negative tone. It's almost as if the book had been sponsored by Boeing.

That being said, I wanted to learn more about Boeing and the 777 and on that account I was not disappointed. We are given a lot of basic descriptions of the aircraft and the associated manufacturing processes. This book was written for the educated public at large, but the aviation buff will also find it interesting. By his own admission Sabbagh is not himself a specialist, but he gave me the impression that he understood quite well what he was talking about. He is certainly a good writer, if not my kind.
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