Sailor in the Desert

B1921

One of the most delightful aspects of the 1914 Centenary is that many of the books emerging cover aspects of the Great War that have received very little attention previously. This new book is a son’s biography of his father.

This is a very interesting account of a way of life that was already ending. It covers a campaign that has received very little coverage. Highly recommended

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High Flight, The Life and Poetry of Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee

B1917

Magee penned his poem “High Flight” and provided inspiration to legions of aspiring aviators. That alone would be a fitting epitaph for any young man killed long before his natural time. Through his other poetry and writings, he has provided the basis on which the author has eloquently traced his life, achievements, human endeavour, vision, determination and self-sacrifice. Photographic plate sections add to the text, rounding the picture. This is a military history that will appeal to all those interested in understanding the military past, but it is also a very personal history and a look into the creativity of Pilot Office Magee that should appeal to a very much wider readership. The inspiration for aspiring aviators is as fresh and appropriate today as it was when Magee penned “High Flight”.

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The Collapse of Rome, Marius, Sulla & the 1st Civil War (91-70BC)

B1916

The author has provided a very readable insight into a period of Roman history that is very important but a mystery to most people. He has included photo plates, sketches and maps that very effectively support the text. The only feeling by the end of this book, and its very helpful end notes, is that it will then be necessary to reconsider any impressions formed before reading the book.

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Bringers of War, The Portuguese in Africa during the Age of Gunpowder and Sail from the Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Century

B1915

The author paints a compelling picture and tells a story that has previously avoided an audience. The scale and challenges of Portuguese colonial development is just as important and interesting as the Spanish activities in the Americas and the later expansion of empire by the British. What is most useful is a tabular chronology at the beginning of the book.

A highly recommended book.

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Bayonets and Scimitars, Arms, Armies and Mercenaries, 1700-1789

B1914

The author is an acknowledged specialist on the Crusades and the Teutonic Knights who has been producing some very interesting books that follow the influence of weapons on the development of warfare. This new book is a welcome addition to his series and looks at the period from 1700 to the start of the French Revolutionary War.

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Images of War, Naval Aviation in the Second World War

B1913

The main body of this book is exactly what it claims to be on the cover. It contains more text than the series usually includes, but it has some rare photographs. The curious aspect of the book is that is starts at 1911 and ends with the Sea Harrier, the British Invincible Class gas turbine VSTOL/STOL carriers and the USN nuclear-powered carriers.

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