It's taken me just over five years to get to my 100th 'acquisitions' post... which seems surprisingly slow, I have to say!

Michael Molkentin. Fire in the Sky: The Australian Flying Corps in the First World War. Crows Nest: Allen & Unwin, 2010. A topic I don't know much about. Looks well-researched, and on p. xviii Molkentin says he has intentionally avoided the 'aces and aeroplanes' approach. Excellent!

Peter Stanley. Bad Characters: Sex, Crime, Mutiny, Murder and the Australian Imperial Force. Millers Point and London: Pier 9, 2010. I think the title and the picture on the cover give a pretty good idea of where this one is going. Stanley does a nice line in iconoclasm, too, having tackled the 1942 myth in a previous book.

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  1. We carried an edited extract from Michael's book, entitled 'Nine Miles of Dead' in the latest Flightpath magazine (Vol 22 No.1, as you ask).

    I didn't handle the book but did the editing for the feature (for space mainly, rather than anything else). I was impressed overall by the material I saw, albeit with some technical nitpicks. (An 0/400 isn't an 0/100, and this one is a very famous and well documented machine...) On the other hand there was a good deal of material new to me, and the writing style and written source material chosen hit many good notes.

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