on January 1, 2011
Like many, I read a lot of airplane crashes, and watch the TV specials. My job as a geologist means I'm often a passenger in large and small aircraft. My training as an engineer means most of the failure modes and material behavior covered in the book were covered in my send year of training.
The author brings the experience of flying, design, investigation, and physics and engineer together so nicely. It's as much about why planes so seldom crash. The principles of design of materials and the construction of aircraft are so clearly explained, and the case histories of what happens when we get things wrong so vividly detailed as to be memorable.
Clearly one of the best books in the genre. Highly recommended.