Cruising the Inland Waterways of France & Belgium

The 2019 edition of this unique and authoritative guide to the inland waterways of Belgium and France is the 23rd edition. Reflecting the two-way interaction between the Cruising Association and its Members, the guide has been built and updated each year by the contributions of Members from their experiences of sailing these waters. – Outstanding, Most Highly Recommended

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Polish Wings No.25, Fokker E.V/D.VIII

Mushroom Models Publications have produced a range of excellent books that are aimed at model engineers and model makers, but they have also produced some fine histories of aircraft types, particularly with a Polish element. This book combines all three elements and is specially welcome in addressing subject that have not been adequately covered before. The standard of illustration is first rate and includes colour images commissioned for the book. – Most Highly Recommended

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Aircraft Past and Present

This is an interesting approach to the highlights of aviation history. The book is produced very nicely on gloss paper with many photographs and concise text by a team of authors and an editorial team. There are some full colour, full page and double spread, images, but illustration is mainly by thumbnail images of various sizes. – Recommended

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Transition Point, From Steam to the Singularity

This is a very important book that asks and answers some of the most important questions of the century and should be widely read because it covers subjects that affect everyone, but where vested interests have been keen to avoid debate. The history of the world has seen a handful of events in many thousands of years that change the direction of human life. There will be debate as to exactly when this latest stage of human revolution began and exactly where we are in its cycle, but no one can argue that it is not a significant change in the fortunes of the human race. – Most Highly Recommended

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Ypres 1914: The Menin Road, Battleground Early Battles 1914

This series of battlefield guides has been proving very successful and this new addition to the series follows the established format. The First World War is largely remembered as a bitter war of attrition between trench systems that ran from the Channel coast to the Swiss border but it did not start that way and the authors provide a graphic story of the Menin Road with a guide for those intending to visit the battlefield. – Most Highly Recommended

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Silver State Dreadnought, The Remarkable Story of Battleship Nevada

The USS Nevada was the first modern super-dreadnought for the US Navy, her keel laid in 1912. The Nevada was a survivor, surviving the First World War, the naval reduction treaties of the 1920s, her sinking at Pearl Harbor and her service during WWII in the North Atlantic and during the landings in France. – Highly Recommended

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One Nation Under Drones, Legality, Morality and Utility of Unmanned Combat Systems

The UAV is by no means a new concept but it has now come of age. The development of unmanned systems has long been regarded as a desirable capability in war because it reduces human casualties and can operate in conditions where a manned vehicle would not be deployed, but it is not without its own issues. – Most Highly Recommended

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The American Expeditionary Forces In The Great War, Meuse-Argonne, Montfaucon, Battleground, The Americans 1918

The Battleground Series has set new standards for WWI Battlefield Guides. The US Expeditionary Force was formed quickly on America’s entry into WWI but it had only a short window to prove itself. – Highly Recommended

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The World of the Battleship, The Design Careers of Capital Ships of the World’s Navies 1880-1990

This is a highly original work that covers battleships across the World’s navies. The Line of Battle ship emerged as the principle naval weapon that was the key to naval engagements for some three hundred years. The steam powered successors were to last little more than 100 years and were replaced as THE capital ship by the aircraft carrier in WWII. – Strongly Recommended

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Images of War, The French Army On The Somme 1916, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives

This is a welcome addition to the popular series based on rare archive images. The Battle of the Somme in 1916 was a major effort to break through the deadlock of trench warfare. It saw British and French troops working together, although the French effort was overshadowed by the British Expeditionary Force. – Highly Recommended

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