Flying Boats of the Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Ships of the Sky

Flying Boats of Empire

by Richard Knott

To make the far-flung corners of their empire accessible, the British built a flying boat called—Empire. A fleet of over 40 plied the skies for a decade, until something new and better took its place.

Tom McCahill on Sports Cars

Tom McCahill on Sports Cars

by Tom McCahill

The acid-tongued Yalie took American automobile journalism to new heights and was unafraid to stick to his convictions: he preferred the Corvair to a Porsche—put that in your pipe, Ralph Nader. Here are 54 of his musings.

Rolls-Royce: The Post-War Phantoms IV, V, VI

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by Martin Bennett

All Rolls-Royces are special; some are more special. Fewer than 1000 of these three top of the line models were made and this fine book covers them in the detail they deserve.

The Beauty of Time: The Watches of A. Lange & Söhne

Beauty of Time

by Harry Niemann

A cult brand to those who know it, Germany’s finest watchmaker is showcased in this very affordable and well curated book.

War at Sea: A Naval Atlas 1939–1945

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by Marcus Faulkner

Every time you watch a movie or read a book about WWII naval engagements, this book should be in reach. Without it you’d have no real sense for space, distance, scale, and even time because movement on the open sea does not exactly happen at warp speed.

Something New Under the Sun, The History of America’s First Car

Something New

by Carol Jean Lambert

Not, not Henry Ford but the author’s great-grandfather, in 1891. Didn’t know that? Well, this book is well intended, and colorful, but a bit light on the sort of data that engineering folk would crave.

The Avro Manchester: The Legend Behind the Lancaster

Avro Manchester

by Robert Kirby

If it weren’t for the subtitle many readers would probably not even know into what period to place this all but forgotten aircraft. Developed during times in which neither the technology nor the mission was entirely clear it lived a short and difficult life—but it was not for naught.

Fifty Sides of The Beach Boys, The Songs That Tell Their Story

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by Mark Dillon

The flow of Beach Boys material is seemingly endless. Released during their 50th anniversary year it offers 50 essays for 50 songs. What is amazing is the amount of documented information found in the book—and the fact that this is but one small wavelet of the ocean.

The Pulitzer Air Races

Pulitzer Air Races

by Michael Gough 

In the space of only a few years, American flyers in American planes went from footnote to superstars—thanks to a series of races few seem to remember anymore. This is the first book exclusively devoted to them.

Ian Walker Racing: The Man and His Cars

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by Julian Balme

From amateur rally driver to team owner who supplied rides in which world championships were won, Walker was a force to be reckoned with in the 1950s and ‘60s. This fine bio is the first, and the world would be just fine if it remained the only one.

The Complete Guide to the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph and Bentley Arnage


by Richard Vaughan

Of all the Rolls-Royce and Bentley models, these two have been largely ignored by the specialist literature. This privately published book by an enthusiast/owner rectifies that and, specifically, records the myriad of year to year changes.

Supermarine Spitfire V

Supermarine Spitfire-V

by Robert Grudzień

More than 44 color profiles of the most successful Spitfire version ever will take advanced scale modelers to a new level.