Richard Whittle can take a bow. His new opus, “The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey“, is not a good book. It’s a great book. Despite the strongly worded subtitle, this is no one-sided, axe-grinding, accurate-but-unfair sort of books. It is a meticulously constructed, expertly written, history about one of my favorite subjects. The balance is so even that it’s actually the source of my only quibble. Upon finishing the book, I’m disappointed that I still don’t know what lessons the author thinks we should learn about the V-22 experience. Whittle, a former Dallas Morning News reporter and one of my former neighbors in the Pentagon’s newsroom, leaves these most fundamental conclusions about the 50-year odyssey of building the “Dream Machine” to the judgment of his readers.
Check out the book on Amazon, read the review in The Washington Post, or set the DVR for Whittle’s appearance Tuesday night on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
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By Stephen Trimble on 26 April, 2010 in Uncategorised
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