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This is an auction for SMITHY: THE LIFE OF SIR CHARLES KINGSFORD SMITH, by Ian Mackersey.

'The definitive biography of Kingsford Smith … Mackersey’s rendering of those terrifying flights is masterly.’
- The Australian

‘A thorough and enthralling insight into one of aviation’s legendary figures.’
- The Age, Melbourne Age

"Sir Charles Kingsford Smith made the first successful trans-Pacific flight, and several other pioneering long-distance flights, too. An Australian national hero since the 1920s, he has long deserved the biography Mackersey gives him. Born to a large, exuberant, often broke Australian middle-class family, Smith served in World War I, and then obtained the financial support to become a serious contender in the long-distance-flying sweepstakes. Mackersey scrupulously avoids hagiography without sinking into sensationalism in dealing with his subject's drinking problem, phobias, womanizing, knack for alienating or cheating almost all of his partners, and final disappearance off the coast of Malaya in 1935. His seemingly indefatigable research for the book profited greatly from the fact that a great number of people who knew Smith--including both his wives--survived into their eighties and nineties to contribute to his superior work. A valuable, highly readable addition to aviation literature and a fine tribute to a genuine and genuinely flawed hero."
- Booklist (US)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ian Mackersey is a New Zealand writer and documentary film maker whose programmes have won 24 awards internationally.

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Hardback 1998.

416 pages + 16 pages of photographs.

Very good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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