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    DescriptionThe Spitfire and the Lancaster were the two RAF weapons of victory in the Second World War, but the glamour of the fighter has tended to overshadow the performance of the heavy bomber. Yet without the Lancaster, Britain would never have been able to take the fight to the German homeland. Highlights the scale of the bomber's achievements, including the famous Dambusters attacks. With its vast bomb bay, ease of handling and surprising speed, the mighty Lancaster transformed the effectiveness of the Bomber Command. Whilst addressing the political controversy surrounding the bombing offensive against Germany, Leo McKinstry also weaves individual tales into this compelling narrative. Rich characters are brought to life, such as Roy Chadwick the designer, who taught himself engineering at night school and Sir Arthur Harris, the austere head of the Bomber Command. This is a rich saga, a story of triumph over disaster and the history of an iconic plane.

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    The Second World War's Greatest Bomber
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Leo McKinstry
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 592
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 241 mm
    Thickness: 48 mm
    Weight: 930 g
    ISBN 13: 9780719523533
    ISBN 10: 0719523532

    BIC subject category V2: HBG, HBWQ
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC subject category V2: JWLF
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: JWG, HBW, JWMV
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    BIC subject category V2: JWMV3
    DC22: 623.7463
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, JWCM, NHWL, JWMV
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MPBL
    Illustrations note
    2x8pp b/w
    John Murray General Publishing Division
    Imprint name
    John Murray Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    03 September 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Leo McKinstry writes regularly for the Daily Mail, Sunday Telegraph and Spectator . He has also written six books including Spitfire and a best-selling biography of the footballing Charlton brothers. Born in Belfast he was educated in Ireland and at Cambridge University.
    Review quote
    'Convincing...excellent book' -- The Daily Telegraph, Phillip Addison 20090912 'This thorough, engaging new history seeks to draw together all aspects of the bomber and its career...and the controversies which still surround it today' -- The Spectator, Daniel Swift 20090926 'Brilliantly researched and sharply written' -- News of the World 20090913 'The saga is one of courage, tragedy and drama...all the more fascinating because of its rich cast of characters' -- Kent Messenger / Kentish Gazette Group 20090913 'Fascinating...rich cast of characters..the definitive record' -- Driffield Leader 20090913 '(Leo McKinstry) describes the Lancaster as a heavy machine rendered graceful by its elegant design. The same description might be applied to his own book' -- The Literary Review 20090913 'Impressive...storytelling. [McKinstry] describes the Lancaster as a heavy machine rendered graceful by its elegant design. The same description might be applied to his own book' -- Literary Review, Keith Lowe 20090913 'Brilliant' -- International Express 20090913 'This is one of the most interesting wartime books that I have read for many a day. I recommend it to others' -- Dover Express / Folkestone Herald 20090903 'Extremely readable...rich narrative' -- Kent on Sunday 20090906 'There were a good number of high-quality books on military history published last year but none were better than LANCASTER by Leo McKinstry...this is a meticulously researched story ... a first-rate account of a unique British creation whose success and brave crews helped to keep Europe free' -- Sunday Express 20090906