London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1986. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Trade paperback. The format is approximately 8.875 inches by 7.5 inches. 160 pages. Illustrations (color). Photographic Notes. Bibliography. Index. Decorative front and back cover. Slight cover wear and soiling. Previous owner's mailing label and ink squiggle on half-title page. The author/photographer states that this book is a personal selection of country pubs that encompasses all periods of history from the alehouses of the Middle Ages to courtyard inns to canal-side pubs of the Industrial Revolution. Derry Brabbs reveals the diversity and variety of this unique and cherished feature of England's rural landscape, from the smallest cottage pub to the grandest coaching inn. Contents include Introduction, Historical Pubs and Inns, Coaching Inn, Traditional Pubs and Inns, Waterside Pubs, Pubs with Literary Associations, and Haunted Pubs. What English village would be complete without a country pub? No other nation has anything quite comparable to these cozy, convivial meeting places that are the heart of English social life. Some pubs have historical connections, others enjoy literary associations, and still more are famous simply for their own sake. Through delightful photographs and personal stories, the diversity of this cherished feature of Britain's rural landscape comes shining through. Derry Brabbs is a British landscape photographer and author. From 1984 onwards he worked with Alfred Wainwright on a series of books, including Fellwalking with Wainwright which won the 1985 Lakeland Book of the Year. He judged the annual photographic society of the Wainwright Society from 2003 to 2016.
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London: Papermac, 1987. First paperback edition [stated]. Presumed first printing thus. Trade paperback. The format is approximately 6.5 inches by 9.5 inches. 232 pages. Illustrations (some in color). Decorative front cover. Previous owner's mailing label on half-title page. Chatsworth House is a stately home in the Derbyshire Dales, 4 miles north-east of Bakewell and 9 miles west of Chesterfield, England. The seat of the Duke of Devonshire, it has belonged to the Cavendish family since 1549. It stands on the east bank of the River Derwent, across from hills between the Derwent and Wye valleys, amid parkland backed by wooded hills that rise to heather moorland. The house holds major collections of paintings, furniture, Old Master drawings, neoclassical sculptures and books. Chosen several times as Britain's favorite country house, it is a Grade I listed property from the 17th century, altered in the 18th and 19th centuries. In 2011–2012 it underwent a £14-million restoration. The owner is the Chatsworth House Trust, an independent charitable foundation formed in 1981, on behalf of the Cavendish family. The name 'Chatsworth' is a corruption of Chetel's-worth, meaning "the Court of Chetel". In the reign of Edward the Confessor, a man of Norse origin named Chetel held lands jointly with a Saxon named Leotnoth in three townships: Ednesoure to the west of the Derwent, and Langoleie and Chetesuorde to the east. Chetel was deposed after the Norman Conquest, and in the Domesday Book of 1086 the Manor of Chetesuorde is listed as the property of the Crown in the custody of William de Peverel. The modern history of Chatsworth begins in 1950. The family had yet to move back after the war.
New York: Harper [An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers], 2019. First Edition [Stated], First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. , 308,  pages. Notes. Index. James Ernest Sciutto (born March 10, 1970) is an American news anchor and former government official who has been the chief national security correspondent for CNN since September 2013. In this role he provides analysis on a variety of topics concerning United States national security, including foreign policy, the military, terrorism, and the intelligence community. From 2011 to 2013, he served as chief of staff to U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Prior to his appointment as chief of staff, he was senior foreign correspondent for ABC News, based in London. He is the author of Against Us: The New Face of America's Enemies in the Muslim World among other books. He anchors CNN Newsroom with Jim Sciutto weekdays from 2-3pm ET on CNN Max. Sciutto is a 1992 graduate of Yale College (Pierson residential house) where he majored in Chinese history and graduated cum laude. Sciutto began his career in television as the moderator and the producer of the PBS program The Student Press, a weekly public affairs talk show aimed at college students. Sciutto was the Hong Kong correspondent for Asia Business News, and covered the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997. Sciutto also covered stories in China, Mongolia, Laos, Vietnam, Singapore, and South Korea. He joined ABC News in 1998, working in Chicago before moving to Washington, D.C. to cover the Pentagon.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1978. Book Club Edition. Hardcover. 793 pages. Chronology on endpapers. Author's Note. Illustrations. Maps. Notes. Bibliography. Index. "AMERICAN CAESAR is gracefully written, impeccably researched and scrupulous in every way...a thrilling and profoundly ponderable piece of work." (Newsweek). William Raymond Manchester (April 1, 1922 – June 1, 2004) was an American author, biographer, and historian. He was the author of 18 books which have been translated into over 20 languages. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal and the Abraham Lincoln Literary Award. In 1947, Manchester went to work as a reporter for The Baltimore Sun, where he met journalist H. L. Mencken, who became his friend and mentor. In 1955, Manchester became an editor for Wesleyan University and the Wesleyan University Press and spent the rest of his career at the university. Manchester's wartime experiences formed the basis for his very personal account of the Pacific Theater, Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War. Manchester also wrote of World War II in several other books, including a three-part biography, The Last Lion, of Winston Churchill. Manchester also wrote a biography of General Douglas MacArthur, American Caesar. His best-selling book, The Death of a President (1967), is a detailed account of the assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy, who had been the subject of an earlier book by Manchester. Before the book could be published, Jacqueline Kennedy filed a lawsuit to prevent its publication, even though she had previously authorized it. The suit was settled in 1967.
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976. First Edition [Stated]. Hardcover. xxv, , 486 pages. Illustrations. Maps. A Foreword by Intrepid. A Historical Note by Charles Howard Ellis. Valediction. Index. DJ has wear, tears, chips and soiling. Some discoloration of the boards but pages clear. An account of the intelligence activities of William Stephenson, code name Intrepid, and of the world's first integrated intelligence network, established in 1940 by Stephenson under the joint aegis of Churchill and Roosevelt. This work has been described as the Authentic Account of the Most Significant Secret Diplomacy and Decisive Intelligence Operations of World War II. William Henry Stevenson (1 June 1924 – 26 November 2013) was a British-born Canadian author and journalist. His 1976 book A Man Called Intrepid was about William Stephenson and was a bestseller. Stevenson followed it in 1983 with another book, Intrepid's Last Case. He published his autobiography in 2012. In 1976 Stevenson released the book, 90 Minutes at Entebbe. It was about Operation Entebbe, an operation where Israeli commandos landed at night at Entebbe Airport in Uganda and succeeded in rescuing the passengers of an airliner hijacked by Palestinian militants, while incurring very few casualties. Stevenson's "instant book" was written, edited, printed and available for sale within weeks of the event it described.
New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997. First Edition [Stated], First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. , 398,  pages. A collection of moguls, agents, directors, starlets, writers, gossip columnists, and a great film director named Rudolf Von Beckmann, all of whom converge on a small town to make a film. Leslie Donald Epstein (born May 4, 1938 in Los Angeles) is an American educator, essayist, and novelist. Epstein is currently Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Boston University. His father Philip and uncle Julius were both noted screenwriters. Together, they won an Academy Award for the celebrated 1942 film Casablanca. Epstein went to Yale University. In 1960 he matriculated at Merton College, Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship; he attained a Diploma in Social Anthropology in 1962. He returned to the United States as a graduate student in Theatre Arts at UCLA. Epstein has written nine novels including King of the Jews (1979), about Chaim Rumkowski, head of the Judenrat of the ód ghetto during World War II; and Pandaemonium (1997). His San Remo Drive: A Novel from Memory (2004) was based on his childhood growing up in Hollywood in the 1940s and 50s. Epstein's most recent novels are The Eighth Wonder of the World and Liebestod: Opera Buffa with Lieb Goldkorn. Epstein has written articles for Esquire, The Atlantic, Playboy, Harper's, The Yale Review, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. For more than twenty years, Leslie Epstein has been the director of the Creative Writing Program at Boston University, where he joined the faculty in 1978.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. First Edition [stated], presumed first printing. Hardcover. , 386,  pages. Occasional footnotes. Illustrations. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Richard Lee Rhodes (born July 4, 1937) is an American historian, journalist and author of both fiction and non-fiction. Rhodes went on to publish 23 books and numerous articles for national magazines; his best-known work, The Making of the Atomic Bomb earned Rhodes the Pulitzer Prize and numerous other awards. It is a narrative of the history of the people and events during World War II from the discoveries leading to the science of nuclear fission in the 1930s, through the Manhattan Project and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Praised by both historians and former Los Alamos weapon scientists alike, the book is considered a general authority on early nuclear weapons history, as well as the development of modern physics in general, during the first half of the 20th century.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1976. First Edition [stated], presumed first printing. Hardcover. 448 ages. Engpaper genealogical table. Introduction by Daniel J. Boorstin. Selected Bibliography. Index. DJ is price clipped and has some wear and soiling. Jack Shepherd (1937) was born in Chatham, New Jersey, and enjoyed a global career as a journalist, writer and university professor. He worked principally as a Senior Editor at LOOK Magazine and as a writer in Newsweek's foreign department. He has also written for other US publications including Atlantic, Harper's, New York, Saturday Review, Outside, New York, and The Sunday New York Times Magazine. As a journalist Shepherd covered stories primarily in sub-Saharan Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia) and the Middle East (Israel, Palestine). Shepherd is also the author of ten books, three of which made The New York Times best-seller list: Quotations from LBJ (with Christopher S. Wren); The Runner's Handbook (with Bob Glover); and The Adams Chronicles. Shepherd earned his Ph.D. at age 50 (Boston University) and then taught at Boston University, the University of Cambridge (UK) for six years, and, since 1988, at Dartmouth College. He retired in 2007 and has returned to writing full time. His tenth book, Hunger: The Biology and Politics of Starvation (with John Butterly), was published in October 2010.
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1971. Seventh printing [stated]. Hardcover. xviii, 765,  pages. Illustrations. Bibliographical Note. References. Index. DJ is in a plastic sleeve and affixed to the boards. Front and rear boards weak and have been restrengthened with glue. Stain at rep. Foreword by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Introduction by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr. Joseph Paul Lash (December 2, 1909 – August 22, 1987) was an American radical political activist, journalist, and writer. A close friend of Eleanor Roosevelt, Lash won both the Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the National Book Award in Biography for Eleanor and Franklin (1971), the first of two volumes he wrote about the former First Lady. He received his bachelor's degree from City College of New York in 1931 and a master's degree from Columbia University in New York City in 1932. After boarding a train at Pennsylvania Station to attend a Congressional hearing, Lash met First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, becoming lifelong friends. The White House press corps was stunned when she invited him and six other witnesses on the train to lunch, then made an appearance at Lash's hearing to lend moral support. After the hearing, she invited Lash and the others to a dinner at the White House. In 1950, Lash went to work for the New York Post. Lash began his career as a chronicler of the Roosevelt Administration in 1952, when he assisted Franklin D. Roosevelt's son Elliott Roosevelt with the editing of two volumes of the President's letters. Lash won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award as well as the Francis Parkman Prize for Eleanor and Franklin.
New York: Penguin Press, 2018. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xxiii, , 757,  pages. Inscribed by the author on the title page. Inscription reads To Gene, with best wishes, Steve Coll. Author's Notes. Cast of Characters, Notes. Bibliography. Index. Steve Coll (born October 8, 1958) is an American journalist, academic and executive. He is currently the dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he is also the Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism. A staff writer for The New Yorker, he served as the president and CEO of the New America think tank from 2007 to 2012. He is the recipient of two Pulitzer Prize awards, two Overseas Press Club Awards, a PEN American Center John Kenneth Galbraith Award, an Arthur Ross Book Award, a Livingston Award, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, a Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, and the Lionel Gelber Prize. From 2012 to 2013, he was a voting member of the Pulitzer Prize Board before continuing to serve in an ex officio capacity as the dean of the Columbia Journalism School. In 1985, he started working for The Washington Post. Two years later, he was promoted to serve as the financial correspondent for the newspaper. He and David A. Vise collaborated on a series of reports scrutinizing the Securities and Exchange Commission for which they received the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting and the Gerald Loeb Award for Large Newspapers. In 1989, he was appointed as the Post's South Asia bureau chief (in New Delhi). He was promoted to managing editor of the newspaper in 1998 and served in that capacity through 2004.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1972. First Edition (Scribner's A on verso). Hardcover. xiii, , 529,  pages. Illustrations, Notes. Author's Notes. Index. William Andrew Swanberg (November 23, 1907 in St. Paul, Minnesota – September 17, 1992 in Southbury, Connecticut) was an American biographer. He is known for Citizen Hearst, a biography of William Randolph Hearst, which was recommended by the Pulitzer Prize board in 1962 but overturned by the trustees. He won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for his 1972 biography of Henry Luce, and the National Book Award in 1977 for his 1976 biography of Norman Thomas. He followed a college friend to New York City in September 1935. After months of anxious job-hunting he secured an interview at the Dell Publishing Company with president George T. Delacorte Jr., and was hired as an assistant editor of three lowbrow magazines. When the United States entered World War II, Swanberg was 34 years old, father of two children, and suffering from a hearing disability. Rejected by the U.S. Army, in 1943 he enlisted in the Office of War Information and, after training, was sent to England following D-Day. In London, amid the V-1 and V-2 attacks, he prepared and edited pamphlets to be air-dropped behind enemy lines in France and later in Norway. With the end of the war he returned in October 1945 to Dell and the publishing world. Swanberg did not return to magazine editing but instead did freelance work within and without Dell. By 1953, he began carving out time for researching his first book (Sickles), which Scribner's purchased, beginning a long association. By the 1950s he had established himself as a biographer.
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1962. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. , 603,  pages. Illustrated endpapers. Some spine weakness noted between pages 4 and 5 and restrengthened with glue. This is a sequel to the Pulitizer Prize-winning Advise and Consent. Allen Stuart Drury (September 2, 1918 – September 2, 1998) was an American novelist. During World War II, he was a reporter in the Senate, closely observing Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, among others. He would convert these experiences into his first novel Advise and Consent, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1960. Long afterwards, it was still being praised as ‘the definitive Washington tale’. His diaries from this period were published as A Senate Journal 1943–45. From 1943 to 1945, Drury worked as the United States Senate correspondent for United Press. He worked as a reporter, but also kept a journal in which he recorded the events of Congress as well as his impressions and views of individual senators and the Senate itself. He followed Advise and Consent with several sequels. A Shade of Difference (1962) is set a year after Advise and Consent, and uses the United Nations as a backdrop for portraying racial tensions in the American South and in Africa. Drury then turned his attention to the next presidential election after those events with Capable of Honor (1966) and Preserve and Protect (1968). Preserve and Protect had a cliffhanger ending—an assassination in which the victim is not identified.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1981. First U.S. Edition [Stated]. First printing [stated]. Hardcover. 128 pages. Illustrations. Technical data. Appendices. Recounts the eventful history and outlines future planned operations of the U.S. Air Force's B-52 strategic bomber, and examines the equipment, role, and performance of the USA's key manned nuclear weapons' delivery system. Jeffrey Ethell (1947–1997) was an American aviation author and pilot who wrote extensively on aviation and military matters. He was killed on June 6, 1997, when the restored P-38 Lightning he was flying crashed at Tillamook, Oregon, while preparing for an airshow to honor his father. Starting at a young age, Ethell published technical studies of WWII-era aircraft and eventually authored 60 books and over 1,000 magazine articles covering all aspects of aviation. He soloed at 18 and logged over 4,800 hours in over 210 types of aircraft, including most of the warbirds of the allied and Axis sides from WWII. His works on color photography of the World War II era brought to life an era which too many thought had only been filmed in black and white. While attending college in Tennessee in the 1960s, Ethell received research grants from the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, and went on to guest lecture at colleges and academic institutes. His co-authored study of the first American daylight attack on Berlin has often been compared to the works of Cornelius Ryan and Stephen Ambrose in presenting a balanced account of one of the most pivotal events of WWII, the first daylight deep penetration raid against the capital of Nazi Germany. He appeared as an expert commentator on numerous documentaries.
New York: Arco Publishing, Inc., 1983. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. The format is approximately 4.75 inches by 8.5 inches. 160 pages. Decorative cover. Illustrated endpapers. Illustrations (over 100 photographs, most in color, 50 detailed line drawings and diagrams. Superb color profiles). Over 80 aircraft and remotely guided vehicles described in this fact-packed volume. No dust jacket present. Shows reconnaissance aircraft and systems used by the world's air forces, and describes the specifications and capabilities of each aircraft. Bill Gunston OBE, FRAeS (1 March 1927 – 1 June 2013) was a British aviation and military author. He flew with Britain's Royal Air Force from 1945 to 1948, and after pilot training became a flying instructor. He spent most of his adult life doing research and writing on aircraft and aviation. He was the author of over 350 books and articles. Gunston joined the Royal Air Force in 1945 and went to University College, Durham on an RAF cadetship. In 1946 he moved to No 4 Flying Training School in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia. He later moved to No 5 Flying Training School at Thornhill were he continued training and then became an instructor flying the North American Harvard. He later flew the de Havilland Vampire F3 a single-seat jet fighter. He left the RAF in 1948. Gunston attended the Northampton Engineering College until 1951 then he joined the staff of Flight International magazine, writing as "W.T.G."; he was appointed Technical Editor in April 1955. From 1969, he was part of the production team on the annual Jane's All the World's Aircraft, editing the 2015/16 edition. He was editor of Jane's Aero-Engines from 1995 to 2007.
New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2018. First Edition [Stated], First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. The format is approximately 6.875 inches by 9.25 inches. 235,  pages. Illustrations (color). Peter Joseph Souza (born December 31, 1954) is an American photojournalist, the former chief official White House photographer for Presidents of the United States Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama and the former director of the White House Photography Office. He was a photographer with The Chicago Tribune, stationed at the Washington, D.C., bureau from 1998 to 2007; during this period he also followed the rise of then-Senator Obama to the presidency. He served as an official White House photographer for President Ronald Reagan from June 1983 until 1989. He was also the official photographer for the funeral services of Ronald Reagan in 2004. Souza at the LBJ Presidential Library in 2022 At the end of the Reagan administration, Souza continued to be based in Washington, D.C. Between 1998 and 2007, he was a photographer for the Chicago Tribune Washington, D.C., bureau. Souza has also worked as a freelancer for National Geographic and Life magazines. After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, he was among the first journalists to cover the war in Afghanistan and the fall of Kabul. In 2004, he was asked to take photographs for a project documenting Barack Obama's first year as U.S. senator. Souza covered Obama's arrival to the Senate in 2005 and met him for the first time on Obama's first day in the Senate. He documented Obama's time in the Senate. In the process he not only became close to Senator Obama, but ended up following his rise to the presidency.
Stroud, Glostershire, England: Fonthill Media Limited, 2016. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. 317,  pages. Illustrations (some in color). Tabular data. Alexander Mladenov is an aviation and defense author and journalist. His work has appeared in no fewer than twenty defense publications around the world, including AirForces Monthly, AIR International, Combat Aircraft and Defence Helicopter. He has also published four books on the subject of Soviet military aircraft. His main research interests include post-Second World War military aviation developments, jet fighters, bombers and helicopters designed between the 1950s and 1990s in the Soviet Union as well as the war in Afghanistan.
London: Victor Gollancz, 1933. Second impression [stated]. Hardcover. 348,  pages. Illustrations. Maps. Cover has some wear and soiling, especially at top and bottom of spine. No dust jacket present. Slightly cocked. Bookplate of Evan Reigersberg Versluys inside the front cover!!! Signature of previous owner and date on fep. Allan Noble Monkhouse (7 May 1858 – 10 January 1936) was an English playwright, critic, essayist and novelist. He was born in Barnard Castle, County Durham. He worked in the cotton trade, in Manchester, and settled in Disley, Cheshire. From 1902 to 1932 he worked on The Manchester Guardian, writing also for the New Statesman. As literary editor, in fact if not in formal title, at the Guardian, Monkhouse helped to launch the career of James Agate by publishing his open letters from France during the First World War. Agate appears in Monkhouse's play Nothing Like Leather barely disguised as the theatre critic "Topaz". He began to write drama for the Gaiety Theatre, Manchester, shortly after it was opened by Annie Horniman, along with Stanley Houghton and Harold Brighouse, forming a school of realist dramatists independent of the London stage, who were known as the Manchester School.
New York: PublicAffairs, 2006. First Edition [Stated], First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. 350 pages. DJ has slight wear, soiling and sticker residue. DJ front flap creased. With an Introduction by Peter Osnos. Editor's Note. Part 1: Worth the Risk. Part 2: A Good War--But for What? Part 3: Twilight Struggle. Part 4: The Wall Between Black and White. Part 5: A Promised Land. Part 6: A War Made of Lies. Part 7: Heroes and Others. Index. Isidor Feinstein Stone (December 24, 1907 – June 18, 1989) was an American investigative journalist, writer, and author. Known for his politically progressive views, Stone is best remembered for I. F. Stone's Weekly (1953–1971), a newsletter which the New York University journalism department in 1999 ranked 16th among the top hundred works of journalism in the U.S. in the twentieth century and second place among print journalism publications. A former editor of The Nation, Victor Navasky, said that plain, solid work characterized Stone's investigative journalism. He was an old-school reporter who did his homework and perused public-domain records (official government and private-industry documents) for the facts and figures, the data, and quotations that would substantiate his reportage about the matters of the day. As a liberal, politically outspoken reporter from the American left wing, Stone often had to work in ideologically hostile environments (military, diplomatic, business) where information was controlled, making verifiability the essence of his journalism, corroborated by facts in the public domain, which the reader could verify. Articles originally published in I. F. Stone's Weekly later were compiled and published in The Best of I. F. Stone.
Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky, 2006. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. 382 pages. Illustrations. List of Contributors, Index. Robin David Stewart Higham (June 20, 1925 – August 27, 2015) was a British-American historian, specializing in aerospace and military history, who also served as a pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. Higham received a Ph.D. in 1957 from Harvard with a dissertation on the development of aviation in Great Britain. For the next six years, until 1963, he was an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, where he was co-founder of the National Security Seminar of Duke University and. University of North Carolina. In 1963, he became a professor at Kansas State University. He became professor emeritus there in 1999. Though he described himself as a "historical generalist" in a 1998 interview, Higham's primary publications were on the subject of aeronautics, especially military-scientific aspects.[ He did, however, also write extensively on geopolitics in general. In 1977, he founded Sunflower University Press, which existed until 2005 and published books on military science and military history. He was editor of Military Affairs (now The Journal of Military History) from 1968 to 1988 and of Aerospace Historian from 1970 to 1988. He was also the editor of the Journal of the West beginning in 1976. Stephen J. Harris is the chief historian for the Directorate of History and Heritage at the National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, Canada. He coauthored The Crucible of War: The Official History of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
New York: Viking, 2019. 22nd Printing [stated]. Hardcover. , 352 pages. Map. List of Characters. Illustrations. Notes. Selected Bibliography. Index. Sonia Purnell is a British writer and journalist who has worked at The Economist, The Daily Telegraph, and The Sunday Times. Her books include Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill, which was chosen as book of the year by The Telegraph and The Independent, and was a finalist for the Plutarch Award. She also wrote the book and screenplay for the future film about Virginia Hall – A Woman of No Importance, produced by J. J. Abrams. Derived from a Publishers Weekly article: British journalist Purnell vividly delivers an enthralling story of wartime intrigue. Virginia Hall, a spirited young woman from a Baltimore family, embarked on an overseas career with the State Department in 1931. Despite impressive work, she was barred from taking the diplomatic corps entrance exam. A gunshot wound in a hunting accident cost her half of her left leg. Despite her disability, Hall drove ambulances for the French army after the war started. An undercover British agent noticed her, and she was hired by the Special Operations Executive to recruit Resistance workers in France. Posing as a newspaper reporter, Hall established a vast underground network that pushed back against the German invaders. In late 1942, with her cover blown, Hall escaped France via a dangerous trek across the Pyrenees to Spain. When the SOE refused to send her back to France, she joined the American Office of Strategic Services to facilitate D-Day operations. Purnell does a fine job of bringing Hall’s story to life.
New York: Gallery Books, 1985. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. 95,  pages. Illustrated endpapers. Illustrations (some in color). The fore-edge and bottom edge have been exposed to moisture, resulting in some pages sticking together at the edges. All pages have been separated. There is some scuff marks where pages were separated but only in a few cases were images or text affected. One of Britain’s most prolific authors, Michael J H Taylor began his meteoric writing career at the remarkably young age of 19, when a major publisher gave him the opportunity to contribute to a world-famous yearbook. Soon he was writing two, three and even four books a year under his own name, allowing his work to reach a much wider audience. This prestigious output of aerospace and other books exceeded 100 titles by the year 2000, gaining him five-star reviews.
New York: Crescent Books, 1982. First Crescent Books Edition [presumed] Second printing. Hardcover. The format is approximately 9.25 inches by 12.75 inches. 80 pages. Illustrations [Full color throughout, Nearly 200 illustrating including cutaways, profiles, photographs and diagrams. DJ has wear, tears, soiling and chips. Small edge tear at page 37/38 and 47/48 noted. Minor page scuffing noted. This is one of the Combat Aircraft Library series. David A Anderton is an international known and widely published writer and photographer. He is a graduate aeronautical engineers. He has frequently written for NASA publications on aeronautical and aeronautical research. His Strategic Air Command won the Aviation/Space Writes' Association non-fiction award.
Ongar, Essex, England, United Kingdom: Linewrights Ltd., 1990. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Wraps. The format is approximately 8.25 inches by 11,75 inches. 40 pages, plus covers. Illustrations (some in color). Few airplanes have remained in active service as long as the B-52, which is slated to stay in operation through the turn of the century. Originally designed as a long-range nuclear bomber, the B-52 has seen service in Vietnam and the Gulf War, where its long range and massive bomb load were complemented by the ability to accommodate air-launched missiles. The authors provide several accounts from B-52 pilots and coverage of this magnificent airplane's design and continuing development. Two hunted photographs help document the Stratofortress' distinguished career.
Greenwich: Brompton Books, 1989. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. The format is approximately 9.25 inches by 12.25 inches. 191,  pages. Illustrations (some in color). Glossary. Index. DJ has a small edge tear and minor wear and soiling. James Norris Gibson was born into the Southern California Aerospace Industry. His father was a senior engineer on the Apollo program and then a Senior principal Engineer on the Space Shuttle. Thus, at a young age he began studying missiles, rockets and Space technology. Mr. Gibson succeeded in earning a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Masters in Aerospace Engineering, his Fundamentals in Engineering License, and a certificate in Technical Writing. His big break then occurred in 1995 when McDonnell Douglas needed an Engineer with a Technical Writing back ground for the International Space Station project. It was supposed to be a short term contract, but he became a full time employee, a position he then held until 2009. In his time at Boeing/Douglas he provided Engineering support for the Delta II, III and IV launch vehicles; the C-17, the MD-90/717, the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle. He is now a skilled engineer on mechanical fasteners and the joining of primary structure. In the late 80s he published his first book on US Nuclear Weapons. The book was a response to what he saw as a series of errors in books and literature put out by Anti-nuclear groups during the 1980s.
Norwalk, CT: AIRtime Publishing, 2002. Presumed First Edition, First printing thus. Hardcover. The format is approximately 9.25 inches by 12.25 inches. 144 pages. Illustrations (many in color). Appendices (Including Key Program Dates and Glossary of Acronyms). DJ has some wear and soiling. A heavily illustrated account of the development programs underway for the next generation of fighters due to join the world's air forces between 2002 and 2012. Contribution authors are Piotr Butowski, David Donald, Andrey Fomin, Henri-Pierre Grolleau, Jan Gunnar Jorgensen, Jon Like and Bill Sweetman! Bill Sweetman (born 1956 in Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK) is a former editor for Jane's and an editor for Aviation Week group. He is a writer of more than 50 books on military aircraft. He is noted for his dogged pursuit of the Aurora project. He appeared as an Aerospace Consultant on in the Nova PBS TV program "Battle of the X-Planes" about the Joint Strike Fighter Program. Contributing artists are Mike Badrocke, Piotr Butowski, Zaur Eylanbekov, Aleksey Mikheyev, Mark Styling, Andrey Zhirnov, and Vasiliy Zolotov.