Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members

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Jeremy Rabkin is Professor of Law at George Mason University and was, for over two decades, a professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University. Professor Rabkin serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Board of Academic Advisers of the American Enterprise Institute, and the Board of Directors of the Center for Individual Rights.
 

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Did some research on Mr Rabkin.
A clearly respected academic but only fair to flag that he would be very much on the conservative right-wing side of many debates.
I wouldn't be a fan of his American-exceptionism views or some of his anti-EU comments (doesn't really appear to understand the politics or historic context of the European project).
 

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Specialty Press has been doing some interesting stuff of late, and this one looks like it could be another fascinating subject:

https://www.amazon.com/Testbeds-Motherships-Parasites-Astonishing-Aircraft/dp/1580072410/
 

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gatoraptor said:
Specialty Press has been doing some interesting stuff of late, and this one looks like it could be another fascinating subject:

https://www.amazon.com/Testbeds-Motherships-Parasites-Astonishing-Aircraft/dp/1580072410/
Cover art now available; the book is due mid-January
 

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Justo Miranda said:
:)
Pag. 34 drawings here
At last, I will get this book in a few days. ;)
 

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blackkite said:
Justo Miranda said:
:)
Pag. 34 drawings here
At last, I will get this book in a few days. ;)
Looking more closely at the drawing Justo posted here of P 186.01-01, it would appear that the canopy and panel lines differ from those present in the original drawing. Perhaps that big panel at the front would have lifted off as a single piece?
 

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Ummm.......Anyway thanks alot. :D
 

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newsdeskdan said:
blackkite said:
Justo Miranda said:
:)
Pag. 34 drawings here
At last, I will get this book in a few days. ;)
Looking more closely at the drawing Justo posted here of P 186.01-01, it would appear that the canopy and panel lines differ from those present in the original drawing. Perhaps that big panel at the front would have lifted off as a single piece?


You are right :-\
 

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I got my copy "AXIS SUICIDE SQUADS GERMAN AND JAPANESE SECRET PROJECTS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR".
Excellent research and great endeavour as usual. There are many Japanese aircraft in this book. I will enjoy. Thanks a lot Justo-san.
It's a little early Christmas present for me. :D
 

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Just saw on amazon.de that Tony Buttler "British Secret Projects 3: Fighters 1935-1950" will be released in Dec. 2018!
 

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I see where the original volume is being split and volume 4 will be British Secret Projects 4: Bombers 1935-1950.
 

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I love that book. I'm surprised it's only got 3-1/2 stars.
 

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3½ stars is because Amazon made pig's breakfast of the Kindle edition :mad:
 

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It certainly was due for an update as quite a lot of new projects and data have been unearthed since he wrote the original but I just wish he'd moved the start date back a few years, the move to design/develop new fighters and bombers really dates from around 1931, 1935 is just that bit too late.
 

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I have recently found a number of new forthcoming books:

Her they are with the link to their Amazon page

Soviet strategic bombers by Jason Moore

https://www.amazon.com/Soviet-Strategic-Bombers-Hammer-Sickle/dp/1781555974


British battleships in the Victorian era (by Norman Friedman)

https://www.amazon.com/British-Battleships-Victorian-Norman-Friedman/dp/1682473295/ref=pd_sim_14_9?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1682473295&pd_rd_r=DC8Z14HZSKVEF1PW4XKT&pd_rd_w=F9lMV&pd_rd_wg=3Nc5C&psc=1&refRID=DC8Z14HZSKVEF1PW4XKT

US submarines since 1945 (revised edition) (by Norman Friedman). Apparently compared to the old edition this one includes both information on the most recent submarines and more information on submarines already covered in the old edition.

https://www.amazon.com/U-S-Submarines-Since-1945-Revised/dp/1591145996/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517695936&sr=8-1&keywords=us+submarines+since+1945&dpID=513aLCNjm4L&preST=_SX218_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

best

F_T
 

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Next up in Crecy's Famous Russian Aircraft series will be an updated and enlarged edition of an earlier book in the series, by the familiar tag team of Gordon & Komissarov. This new edition will have 720 pages, and according to Amazon, will be available in December in both the U.K. and U.S. Note that it also contains the side-by-side Su-34:
 

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This seems promising...

"The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos" by Christian Davenport

http://amzn.to/2FSFHhA
 

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Genius Weapons: Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Weaponry, and the Future of Warfare

https://www.amazon.com/dp/163388452X/?coliid=I3BHW1Z4JKQSSC&colid=BW1R4VUT2EJT&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

A technology expert describes the ever-increasing role of artificial intelligence in weapons development, the ethical dilemmas these weapons pose, and the potential threat to humanity.

Artificial intelligence is playing an ever-increasing role in military weapon systems. Going beyond the bomb-carrying drones used in the Afghan war, the Pentagon is now in a race with China and Russia to develop "lethal autonomous weapon systems" (LAWS). In this eye-opening overview, a physicist, technology expert, and former Honeywell executive examines the advantages and the potential threats to humanity resulting from the deployment of completely autonomous weapon systems. Stressing the likelihood that these weapons will be available in the coming decades, the author raises key questions about how the world will be impacted.
 

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I wonder how this will compare to "Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century" by P. W. Singer?
 

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Rockets and Ray Guns: The Sci-Fi Science of the Cold War (Science and Fiction)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/3319898299/?coliid=I15INQ5ZUW0QAX&colid=BW1R4VUT2EJT&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

The Cold War saw scientists in East and West racing to create amazing new technologies, the like of which the world had never seen. Yet not everyone was taken by surprise. From super-powerful atomic weapons to rockets and space travel, readers of science fiction (SF) had seen it all before.

Sometimes reality lived up to the SF vision, at other times it didn’t. The hydrogen bomb was as terrifyingly destructive as anything in fiction, while real-world lasers didn't come close to the promise of the classic SF ray gun. Nevertheless, when the scientific Cold War culminated in the Strategic Defence Initiative of the 1980s, it was so science-fictional in its aspirations that the media dubbed it “Star Wars”.
Kind of pricey for a 214pg paperback. Also guessing SPF has covered the projects within............
 

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bobbymike said:
https://www.amazon.com/Army-None-Autonomous-Weapons-Future/dp/0393608980/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1497580912&sr=8-2&keywords=future+war
Podcast with author

https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/killer-robots-and-autonomous-weapons-paul-scharre
 

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Just saw this: B)
https://www.amazon.com/Dornier-335-X-Planes-Robert-Forsyth/dp/1472828895/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530711082&sr=1-9&keywords=Robert+Forsyth

https://www.amazon.com/Bachem-Ba-349-Natter-X-Planes/dp/1472820096/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530711082&sr=1-5&keywords=Robert+Forsyth
 

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athpilot said:
Just saw this: B)
https://www.amazon.com/Dornier-335-X-Planes-Robert-Forsyth/dp/1472828895/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530711082&sr=1-9&keywords=Robert+Forsyth

https://www.amazon.com/Bachem-Ba-349-Natter-X-Planes/dp/1472820096/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530711082&sr=1-5&keywords=Robert+Forsyth
I've got the Natter one - it's sort of a stripped back retread of what's in Brett Gooden's 2006 Projekt Natter book. Fewer photos, fewer words, same sort of thing. Sadly it doesn't detail any of the Ba 349's competitors. Disappointing.
Interestingly though, in the book Forsyth says Gooden is busy revising Projekt Natter at this very moment for a new edition.

I imagine that the Do 335 book will be a retread of what's in the (recently revised) Smith/Creek Do 335 book.
 

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Osprey has announced the titles in their "X-Planes" series to be released in 2019, though no dates were given. The four titles are:
  • Northrop Flying Wings (previously announced)
  • Douglas D-558
  • Jet Prototypes of World War II
  • Wright Flyers 1899-1916
 

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gatoraptor said:
Osprey has announced the titles in their "X-Planes" series to be released in 2019, though no dates were given. The four titles are:
  • Northrop Flying Wings (previously announced)
  • Douglas D-558
  • Jet Prototypes of World War II
  • Wright Flyers 1899-1916
Jet Prototypes of World War II looks interesting - hopefully as the description says it will focus mainly on the British and Italian designs.
 

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<----------- This one, publication date 8th Dec 2018 in the UK and one week later in the US
 

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Schneiderman said:
<----------- This one, publication date 8th Dec 20018 in the UK and one week later in the US
Pre-ordered on Amazon.co.uk. Any chance of a contents list?
 

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Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter 1 - Britain, Supermarine and the Schneider Trophy

Box-out Jacques Schneider
1913 - a lacklustre contest
1914 – an unexpected victory
1919 – an opportunity wasted
1920 and 1921 – international indifference
1922 – Italy thwarted
1923 – the stakes are raised
1924 – US sportsmanship
1925 – expectations dashed
1926 – Mussolini fights back
1927 – Supermarine on the ascendant
1929 – The greatest contest that nearly was
Chapter 2 - Supermarine and the high speed aircraft research programme
Supermarine’s Aircraft Design
Box-out Reginald Mitchell
The S5 – the foundation for success
Box-out Supermarine’s Design Department
The S6 – Refining the racing line
The S6B – the ‘11th-hour’ racer
The engine development programme
Napier
Rolls-Royce
Box-out Fuels and Lubricants
Propellers
Fairey-Reed
Chapter 3 - Anatomy of the S6B and earlier Supermarine racing seaplanes
The Supermarine Napier S4
The Supermarine Napier S5
Box-out Construction in metal
The Supermarine Rolls-Royce S6 and S6B
Pilot’s Controls and Instruments
Fuel system
Oil system
Water system
Chapter 4 - Flying the S6B and earlier Supermarine racing seaplanes
Box-out The RAF High Speed Flight
Taxiing and Take-off run
Take-off and flight
Turning and g-load
Approach and landing
Chapter 5 - Preparing and maintaining the S6B
Development and servicing
Preparations for flight
Chapter 6 - The Schneider Trophy Contest of 1931 – a dismal finale
Box-out Lady Houston – the myth surrounding a generous woman
Chapter 7 - Supermarine Schneider Trophy Survivors
Specification - Supermarine Rolls-Royce S6B
 

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Schneiderman said:
<----------- This one, publication date 8th Dec 2018 in the UK and one week later in the US
They picked the right guy to write it!
 

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0393064441/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military
 

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The Haynes 'manual' for The Supermarine Rolls-Royce S6B is now available from all good, and many disreputable, booksellers


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https://haynes.com/en-gb/supermarine-rolls-royce-s6b-manual
https://www.amazon.co.uk/SUPERMARINE-ROLLS-ROYCE-S6B-Haynes-Manuals/dp/1785212265/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1534702427&sr=8-3&keywords=s6b
 

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Schneiderman said:
The Haynes 'manual' for The Supermarine Rolls-Royce S6B is now available from all good, and many disreputable, booksellers


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https://haynes.com/en-gb/supermarine-rolls-royce-s6b-manual
https://www.amazon.co.uk/SUPERMARINE-ROLLS-ROYCE-S6B-Haynes-Manuals/dp/1785212265/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1534702427&sr=8-3&keywords=s6b
Arrived in the post this morning. Only got a quick skim through it over breakfast but it's a beautifully illustrated volume full of lovely photos, diagrams, cutaways and as much detail and history as you could possibly want on the S6B. It's a great Christmas present... for myself!
 

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I just received a copy of this book. After a quick browse, it looks pretty good, if brief, as the books in this series are.

https://ospreypublishing.com/superguns-1854-1991

Contents:
Introduction
The 19th Century: William Armstrong's 'Monster Guns'
World War I: The Paris Gun
World War II German Superguns: Dora and the V-3
Cold War Superguns: US Atomic Cannon and Soviet Oka and Kondensator
Gerard Bull's Superguns: HARP and Project Babylon
Current Developments
Bibliography
Index
 

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Firebee said:
I just received a copy of this book. After a quick browse, it looks pretty good, if brief, as the books in this series are.

https://ospreypublishing.com/superguns-1854-1991

Contents:
Introduction
The 19th Century: William Armstrong's 'Monster Guns'
World War I: The Paris Gun
World War II German Superguns: Dora and the V-3
Cold War Superguns: US Atomic Cannon and Soviet Oka and Kondensator
Gerard Bull's Superguns: HARP and Project Babylon
Current Developments
Bibliography
Index
The book only makes passing reference to railroad guns like Dora. (Osprey already has other books on railroad guns.) Personally, I was not impressed by the book, and am sending it back.
 

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https://www.amazon.com/Armageddon-Insurance-Defense-1945-1991-History/dp/1469645254
 

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Excellent. Kindle version is also available.
 
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