Mirage III has launched the arguably most ubiquitous non-US Western warplane family yet gets relatively moderate specialist coverage in English speaking press. Hence the current book being a fantastic addition to all aviation enthusiasts who have not mastered French as a language but very much crave more information on the Mirage III, 5 and 50 families than is commonly available in avaiation reference books.
The book has an introductory section on the postwar French jet fighter development, the genesis of the Mirage line and then launches into the various models and their users. It also includes derivatives of the basic III, 5 and 50 lines, such as the Israeli Kfir and the South African Cheetah.
The focus on the modeller is clear - with profiles of practically all users and colour schemes, including real oddities like the Saudi purchased ones for Egypt. This makes it an invaluable resource for modellers and it is a full five star effort in this respect.
For the more generally minded aviation enthusiast some more information on the operational history and use would have been very welcome. While some basics (entry of service and phasing out in some French squadrons; the Israeli wars, where the aircraft have been utilized...) re provided, they do little more than scratch the surface.
In essence this would be less of a problem, had there been a raft of other books on the subject to complement such information. As it is, one has to count it amongst the most useful resources a modeller can count on in terms of the early Mirage jets but with some targeted additions to the text content the book would become a solid five star effort for all others, too.