NASA Mission AS-508, Apollo 13, 1970 (including Saturn V, CM-109, SM-109, LM-7, Owners’ Workshop Manual

B1865

From the first books in this series, the publisher has produced a very effective format for covering iconic subjects. Within the broad series, a range of topics has been covered, sometimes a little quirky, but always packing a great deal of information into a small space and lavishly illustrating with full colour images. This latest addition to the series follows the now established and successful format.

By the time that Apollo 13 launched, the television channels and the American public were becoming bored with Apollo missions. That may have been natural after the first moon landing. Apollo 13 might have achieve poor coverage had it not been for a major emergency after a LOX tank malfunction and the heroic efforts to bring the crippled spacecraft back safely with a live crew.

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Outdoor Survival, a step-by-step guide to practical bush craft and survival outdoors

B1864

This is a comprehensive guide to surviving outdoors and is lavishly illustrated in full colour throughout. The author has provided sufficient information to serve as foundation knowledge. The adventurous tourist may need no other reading, but anyone who intends living alone in hostile terrain will read more widely, spend much more on the best equipment and train before setting out to ensure that all skills are practiced and tested, whilst physical fitness is built to the necessary level.

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British Naval Swords & Swordsmanship

B1863

The sword is an ancient weapon that has taken several shapes and sizes. It has become a ceremonial accessory and sporting equipment, but it was once an essential weapon. This book provides a view of the history and use of the sword as an item of naval weaponry. Clear text and good illustration make this an engaging read that informs and entertains.

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From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow, Volume 2, The War Years: To The Eve Of Jutland 1914-1916

B1862

In Volume Two, the author continues his immaculate study of the Royal Navy into the first half of World War One. Again, he covers all aspects, political, financial, military and operational, of this critical period of history that has done so much to shape the period that followed it.

This is a valuable reference work that reads easily and will satisfy the most committed enthusiast of naval history. By reprinting this work in paperback, the publisher has done a great service to the understanding of a very important period of history.

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From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow, Volume 1, The Road To War 1904-1914

B1861

In Volume One, the author reviews in comprehensive detail the military, political and technical features of this period of Royal Navy history as it led into the first true global conflict and the combination of a number of new weapons systems, including aircraft and submarines.

This is a valuable reference work that reads easily and will satisfy the most committed enthusiast of naval history. By reprinting this work in paperback, the publisher has done a great service to the understanding of a very important period of history.

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HMS Fearless The Mighty Lion

B1860

This book follows a format that is sadly out of favour for long periods, but which cannot be bettered in providing a detailed history of a ship and her people. Most frequently it is the format favoured by those who served on the vessel that is subject of a book. One reason that this format is still relatively rare is that it requires very thorough research, interviews with a large number of people associated with the ship, and this thorough work is costly in time and expenses. Many authors of naval history prefer to avoid this level of work in researching for a book. However, the result is not just highly valued by former shipmates, but by anyone wanting to read a definitive history of a vessel that is unlikely ever to be bettered.

The author is to be commended for the care and affection with which he has recorded the story of this ship. The standard of illustration is extremely good and adds greatly to the account. There really is not much more to say about the book than that it is a definitive history and demands to be read.

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Victory, from fighting the Armada to Trafalgar and beyond

B1859

The authors have provided a great deal of information and a good glossary, covering the vessels between Hawkin’s Victory and Nelson’s Victory. Naturally the Trafalgar Victory has been covered in its fighting days and in its later service as a key piece of British naval heritage. There is genuinely new information and balanced coverage from first to last Victory. The standard of illustration is very good and adds greatly to the work. This is one of those essential books that no one following naval history can afford to be without.

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