Black and White Photos. Near Fine in Very Good (in mylar) jacket. Hardcover. 8vo-Over 7 3/4"-9 3/4 " Tall. Textblock and binding immaculate and tight. Dust jacket price clipped. Covers lightly edge and corner rubbed. Dust jacket slightly edge and corner worn; some wear at the base of the spine. 249p.
Good in Good jacket. 6 x 8.5. Dj has heavy edge wear and a few short tears, discoloration of end papers from binding glue, rest of interior tight and clean, publication date on title page, first edition statement on copyright page and no other printings listed, original cover price of $6.50 on dj flap, 249 pages, biography of a pilot who grew up with the technology and held a record number of Bendix Air Race trophies and flew private flights for some of the biggest names in Hollywood at the time, bw illustrations.
The story of Paul Mantz is fascinating, but this book doesn't really do it justice. Although the author is a well-known General Aviation pilot, he uses tired cliches (eg: "he swooped out of the sky") instead of genuine aviation terminology. He devotes pages & pages to some relatively minor events, and then glosses over others (eg: the formation of TallMantz Aviation) in just a sentence or two. Overall, I didn't feel much better informed about how Mantz modified his aircraft or achieved everything he did after reading this. My (paperback) edition has no illustrations, which would also have helped.
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