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Spitfire - The Biography

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The bestselling biography of the Spitfire updated with a new chapter for the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

About the author

Jonathan Glancey is well known as the former architecture and design correspondent of the Guardian and Independent newspapers. He is also a steam locomotive enthusiast and pilot. A frequent broadcaster, his books include Concorde, Harrier, Giants of Steam, the bestselling Spitfire: The Biography, Nagaland: A Journey to India's Forgotten Frontier, Tornado: 21st Century Steam, The Story of Architecture, The Train: An Illustrated History and The Journey Matters.


Updated edition to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

It is difficult to overestimate the excitement that accompanied the birth of the Spitfire. An aircraft imbued with balletic grace and extraordinary versatility, it was powered by a piston engine and a propeller, yet came tantalisingly close to breaking the sound barrier. First flown in 1936, the Spitfire soon came to symbolize Britain's defiance of Nazi Germany in the summer of 1940.

Spitfire: The Biography is a celebration of a great British invention, of the men and women who flew it and supported its development, and of the industry that manufactured both the aircraft and the Rolls-Royce engines that powered it. It is also about the ways in which the sight, sound and fury of this lithe and legendary fighter continue to stir the public imagination worldwide more than eighty years on.


The bestselling biography of the Spitfire updated with a new chapter for the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Product details

Authors Jonathan Glancey
Publisher Atlantic Books
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 02.07.2020
EAN 9781838950699
ISBN 978-1-83895-069-9
No. of pages 288
Dimensions 129 mm x 198 mm x 21 mm
Weight 250 g
Illustrations 40 b&w integrated photographs
Subjects Humanities, art, music > History > 20th century (up to 1945)
Non-fiction book > History > Biographies, autobiographies
Social sciences, law, business > Political science > Political science and political administration

History, Europe, European History, HISTORY / Military / General, HISTORY / Europe / General, military history, HISTORY / Military / Aviation, Air forces and warfare

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