- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: The History Press (1 Dec. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752444018
- ISBN-13: 978-0752444017
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 506,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Archaeology of Airfields Paperback – 1 Dec 2007
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From the Publisher
This book follows on from Clarke's original work on the Cold War first published by Tempus in 2005. Four Minute Warning: Britain's Cold War.
About the Author
Bob Clarke is an archaeologist at Boscombe Down, Britain's main weapons testing establishment and the author of The Berlin Airlift and Four Minute Warning.
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Top Customer Reviews
I particularly liked the book up to about 1945, it is astounding how many airfields were constructed during that period, how many still existed in 1945 and how many, or how few perhaps, exist now. It provides a good history of 20th century warfare set against a background of politics (or is it the other way round?!).
If the book had purely been about 'the archaeology of airfields' then it would have been a lot thinner, but it is padded out with the aforementioned history, although I didn't mind that other than it's not what I expected. There are lots of photos in this book, which is very nicely produced by the way, but many of them are not of airfields and when I saw pictures of Brezhnev, Yeltsin and May Day Parades I was left wondering 'why?' - padding again.
Where this book really falls down, and I couldn't wait to finish reading it because of this, is the atrocious proof reading and editing. The narrative jumps about in places and is repeated - minor irritation. However when you notice that there is a typo on almost every page I think that becomes a major irritation, well it did for me, I found myself waiting for the next one.Read more ›
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I think that the title of this book is misleading - A History of UK Military Airfields might be a better title but still doesn't describe what it is. Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2011 by C. B. Tomkinson
A comprehensive guide to airfields in Britain through all periods from WWI to the Cold War and beyond. Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2011 by pallascat