Focke-Wulf FW190: Volume One 1938-1943 Hardcover – Jan 17 2012
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The book was a surprisingly fast read considering its 336 pages. This is due to the lavish photographic coverage, some in color, of the aircraft with many full page reproductions. The authors have also reproduced many manufacturer documents. Reproduction is superb. New artwork is confined to about two dozen color profiles scattered throughout the book. All in all, a feast for the eyes but the text is quite informative and complete also.
The biggest complaint I have is the poor editing/proofreading. There are numerous instances of words being left out and sentences not quite making sense. This was annoying but does not detract from the value of the book. Also being the first volume there is no index and only one appendix. A comprehensive index is promised for volume three but of course that doesn't help now.
Highly recommended. I can't wait for the next volume and am really hoping we get that possible fourth volume with "a very large number of detailed drawings". This aircraft deserves the best.
As far as I can tell, nothing is missing. The volume is picture-heavy as can be expected, but still packs a lot of facts, both technical and operational. Reading the operational summaries gets a bit repetitive after a while, but it didn't really bother me. The occasional first-person narrative enlivens the text rather well.
However, the book could have benefited of some last-minute editing. Early in the book one can find some redundancies that should really have been edited out (the part about Kurt Tank's early life is the most blatant example) and there are slightly more typos than one would expect. Also I would have wished for a table showing the differences between all the models and sub-models mentioned in the book - now one has to look throughout the book to check these facts. Perhaps a comprehensive table will be included in the last volume?
Despite these minor gripes, this is an excellent book, a must have for anyone interested in the air war the Luftwaffe waged!
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