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The rivalry between two remarkable men — Howard Hughes and Juan Trippe — defined the modern airline business. Martin Scorsese’s 2004 movie, The Aviator, spotlit the titanic clash which culminated in a 1947 Senate hearing.
American Obsession tells, for the first time, the extraordinary and intertwined histories of two immensely different, but equally powerful characters. Hughes was the eccentric, reclusive playboy pilot who bedded Hollywood’s most beautiful starlets. Trippe was the urbane, calculating empire builder, who spent a lifetime building influence in Washington, only to have it shattered by a maverick from Texas who was fighting a losing battle with madness.
Revised and expanded, the second edition of Alan Lester's acclaimed analysis of changing attitudes to Empire. 'Deny and Disavow tackles the deliberate misrepresentations of recent calls for recognition and reform made by Black Lives Matter and other campaigning organisations, as well as the clear majority of historians working in the field. Lester intersperses an admirably dispassionate anatomy of the culture warriors’ various strategies to distance Britain from its own history with punchy ‘snapshot’ accounts of some of the key events and figures that are now, apparently, controversial ... I would recommend this book to all general readers interested in the current culture wars and the imperial history behind them.' Dr Ryan Hanley, University of Exeter.
Actress, author and paranormal investigator, Nicola Kelleher, reveals the bizarre and unexpected tales to be uncovered in our graveyards and cemeteries. From the last man to die in a duel, to star-crossed lovers, family feuds, tragic romances and a woman who was mummified by her own doctor. Sometimes heart-warming, always intriguing and occasionally terrifying we learn of many tombstone mysteries including the mausoleum that contains a time machine, the headstone that bleeds, the resting places of monsters and a child who could heal with her touch.
When Sean became James tells the story of the making of Dr No and of the unique and very different groups of men who came together to accidentally create one of the most influential films of all time. In October 1962, a small budget British film premiered in London. It got mixed reviews from the press and even its creators were unimpressed by their product. The original author of the story hated it, while the producers were mystified by the laughter from the test screenings. They had set out to create a sexy, stylish thriller. Had they accidentally made a comedy? The US film backers were already ruing the money they wasted on this ‘Limey spy thriller’. Their leading man, a former milkman from Edinburgh whose life is far removed from the suave, sophisticated character on screen, was regretting ever getting involved in the project. His director, who figured the actor was miscast, thinks it’s just another B-movie, soon to be forgotten.
Now in two volumes, Philip Hogge's popular anthologies of tales about flying's golden age. Although fiction, all of Philip's stories are based on fact, and relate to real situations experienced by him or his colleagues. If you have ever wondered how it felt to be in the cockpit of a BOAC passenger jet in the mid to late 20th century, then Philip Hogge's fact-based stories will take you there with all the colour, detail and human drama that you could wish for. Let one of Britain's most senior airline captains tell you what it was really like to fly for an iconic British airline in the final years of flying's Golden Age. Meet the pilots, engineers, stewards, stewardesses and endless characters of Philip's long career.
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Uffa Fox was the most influential designer in yacht racing history. His ‘planing’ dinghies and keel boats were infinitely faster and more seaworthy than the older, heavier boats which had dominated the sport since the late nineteenth century. This new biography, the first for fifty years, shows how a carpenter’s son from East Cowes not only transformed his sport but also created an international legacy which thrives to this day.