Soviet Spyplanes of the Cold War

by Yefim Gordon & Dmitriy Komissarov

Well-illustrated histories of the “real” planes are accompanied by detailed descriptions of plastic scale model kits and commentary concerning their accuracy and available modifications.

Forghieri on Ferrari: 1947 to the Present

by Mauro Forghieri & Daniele Buzzonetti

The youngest, the longest-serving, and the most successful Ferrari engineer to date speaks candidly of his life working on some of the most iconic sports and racing cars. A long-overdue and much-needed book.

Lady Lucy Houston DBE, Aviation Champion and Mother of the Spitfire

by Miles Macnair

Picture this: an air force is fighting for its very survival. A private citizen offers to buy her impoverished government several squadrons of fighter planes. The government says—no. This snub kickstarted a chain of events that culminated in Britain developing one of the important aircraft of all time.

Great French Passenger Ships

by William H. Miller

From the grand ships of the storied lines to mail boats bound for Africa this little book offers a good, basic, nicely illustrated introduction to the topic.

Take Five, the Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond

by Doug Ramsey

A serious, thoughtful biography of a jazz saxophonist by a jazz critic and musician who knew his subject personally. This spells real insight, and, in fact, this book ought to be a model to all biographers.

The Royal Flying Corps 1914–1918

by Peter G. Cooksley

Absolutely one of the better books on the subject, which is probably why it keeps getting re-issued. Great at the human-interest level and a solid Big Picture introduction to the service that really validated aviation and thereby served as a model for all air forces.

Making a Morgan: 17 Days of Craftmanship

by Andreas & Dagmar Hensing

Morgans are an anachronism, but people buy them faster than they can be built! This book shows, for the first time ever, how a typical build unfolds.

Dunkirk 1940 Through a German Lens 

by Alan Ranger

Dunkirk has always remained a controversial topic in terms of strategy and goals. This book skirts the whole issue and instead introduces into the record several hundred snapshots taken by German soldiers.

The 377 Stratocruiser & KC-97 Stratofreighter: Boeing’s Great Post War Transports

by Bill Yenne

“A monkey could fly this plane.” Well, no, but once six monkeys on a flight from Thailand got loose. A modified version of it was called the Pregnant Guppy and NASA considered it a lifesaver. Everything you need to know about “Tomorrow’s Airliner” is in this lovely book.

Sticky Fingers

by Joe Hagan

At the best of times, Rolling Stone magazine was, and once more is, so much more than merely a chronicle of the music industry or popular culture. It showcased heavy-hitting political reporting and writers who would become literary luminaries. This masterful biography offers a look behind the curtain.

Lancaster: Reaping the Whirlwind

by Martin A. Bowman

A close-up look at operating the mighty World War II bomber during the war and then on relief missions in the immediate aftermath.

A Complete History of U.S. Combat Aircraft Fly-Off Competitions

by Erik Simonsen

How do military aircraft make the cut to be selected for active duty? And the ones that didn’t, what would they have looked like if they had made it into service? On the latter score, this book is a winner.