Warbird Legends Paperback – 14 Aug 2000
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About the Author
Tony Holmes was a published aviation author by the age of 20. Moving to England in 1998, he has been involved full-time in aviation publishing ever since. In the past 25+ years, Tony has written more than 50 books and edited a further 350.
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I would still recommend buying this book and then writing to MBI Publishing and suggest they print it in "HARD BACK" binding! The extra cost would be well worth it!
The book is mostly photographs...the text consists simply of very interesting one- or two-paragraph stories about personal experiences in the planes written by the men who flew these airplanes during WWII. The format is typically two full-page shots of an aircraft followed by a story that shares the page with a 2/3 page photo. A great layout for those who just want to look at the airplanes and not spend time reading about engine size, wing span, weight or any other aircraft details. I love this concept. It is a "coffee table" book.
I read the review from the guy who gave it one star, and really can't understand how he came to that conclusion. I won't hesitate to downgrade a book if it is a little below standards (see my review of "Dayton Air Show"), but I just don't know how anyone could say the photographs are anything other than outstanding.
This is a very large "paperback" book, so opening the book on your desk and pushing it completely flat will likely break the glue holding the pages (I didn't do that and have no problems with the binding), but I don't know how the publisher could have bound the book differently without substantially increasing the price.
I strongly recommend "Warbird Legends" to anyone who wants world-class photographs of beautiful WWII aircraft. One other recommendation is "Aircraft, the Jet as Art" by J. Milstein. It is a book of photos (no text) of commercial airliners shot from profile or from the underside, taken during final approach. Sounds weird (and it is...it is not for everyone), but the tack-sharp quality of the photos is unbelievable.
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