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The Life Of Guy Menzies Max Wearne
Hardback 160 pages
Very good condition
Ex library book
The Life of Guy Menzies: The Forgotten Flyer, the title which Max Wearne has given to this book, is an accurate description of the content as it is a detailed biography based on years of meticulous research, but the book is much more than this title implies. In my view it could justly have been called The Life and Times of Guy Menzies, because the events in Menzies' adult life are set against a background which greatly adds to the impact of the book. I was keen to read it because I had for a long time been interested in the story of the aviator who made the first solo crossing of the Tasman Sea on January 7-8, 1931, and ended his flight crash-landing in a swamp in a sparsely populated part of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. When I finished reading the book I had learnt a great deal about the history not only of aviation in Australia in the 1920s and early 1930s, but also of the development of the Royal Air Force from a small group of dedicated aviators with a small number of planes to a force which defended Britain against the Nazi attacks in 1940. The succinct account of the political situation and developments in international relations in the last decade of Menzies' life shows clearly how the memories of the suffering of the British people in World War 1 intensified their desire for peace even when perceptive observers warned of the increasing threat of war. It highlights the value of the work of the RAF in developing a weapon of defence which was to prove of crucial importance.

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