Renegade Hero

B1677

This is a non-fiction book that reads like a gripping adventure novel. It tells the story, or perhaps a part of the story, of a British helicopter pilot who disappeared from the RAF and flew for the CIA in Africa. Like the story of another British helicopter pilot, Alan Bristow, this tale has inspired fictional work and covers a period of the Cold War where military pilots set up their own companies or worked for shadowy organizations in the Hot Wars that were the surrogate actions of the Cold War protagonists.

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Wingate Pasha, The Life of General Sir Francis Reginald Wingate 1861-1953

B1676

The author has gone a long way to redress the lack of visibility of one of the most important soldiers of the British Empire. Sir Francis Wingate participated in the key Middle East events from the Dervish uprising in the Sudan, to the destruction of the Ottoman Empire. It is difficult to see how history could have overlooked him. If only British and American politicians and generals had studied Wingate a much more successful outcome could have been achieved in the recent occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Thomas The Tank Engine, 1945 onwards (all aboard) Owners’ Workshop Manual

B1675

At a time when schools try to avoid anything taxing, or fact-based, and computer games concentrate on speed of reaction, books like this are very welcome ways of helping the young develop a thirst for knowledge and a familiarity with printed books. Its also great fun, easy for a child to read, or for an adult to entertain a younger child, and makes a great present.

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Main Line Diesel Locomotives, The Rise and Fall of British Railways Main Line Diesel Locomotives

Another lavishly illustrated book from a publisher with a special commitment to transport. The author has a long established reputation in writing on the subject of rail transportation. A concise history of every prototype and class of British-built main line locomotive is provided, supported by some outstanding colour photographs. It is difficult to see this book ever to be displaced as the definitive book on its subject.

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The Royal Train, The Inside Story

The paradox of narrow minded political thought sees one group of people trying to force the British population to use public transport and particularly to use the railway system, but at the same time claiming that the Royal Train is outdated and irrelevant. For centuries, the British Royal Family relied heavily on water transport because travel overland was dangerous and slow. When the railway system expanded rapidly through the second half of the Nineteenth Century, it provided a level of speed and comfort that was ideally suited to taking members of the Royal Family out to the corners of the British Isles.

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Garden Railway Manual, A Step-by-step Guide to Narrow-Gauge Garden Railway Projects

B1669

The author is a writer and broadcaster who specializes in woodworking projects and has a passion for garden railways. This manual follows the traditional Haynes approach of a lavishly illustrated practical manual. Railways continue to hold a great fascination for all ages and model railways bring an interest into the home.

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The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust Tornado, New Peppercorn Class A1, 2008 onwards

B1668

The breakthrough came when restored locomotives could be approved to run on British Rail tracks, including the main lines. This has put fresh life into rail heritage projects but the most ambitious has been the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust Tornado, a new-build Peppercorn Class A1. The manual follows the project through to completion and certification to run on main line rail track.

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Clydebank Battlecruisers, Forgotten Photographs from John Brown’s Shipyard

B1665

 

The author has established a well-deserved reputation as a naval historian. From a shipbuilding family, his career was in graphic design. In writing about Clydeside shipyards and their ships, his eye for shape and form has produced some stunning illustration. This new book is no exception and provides a strong photo essay of a class of ship that some will argue was a serious mistake.

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