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The Hurricane Story: How a Great Plane Saved a War

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  23 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
XOS-940.54G
Hardcover, 165 pages
Published 1959 by Doubleday & Company
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William
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I re-read this book after seeing the movie "Dunkirk" last weekend. This slim little book combines Gallico's literary style with a history of the Hawker Hurricane and his love for his subject is clear. A must read for airplane geeks like me.

The Hurricane has become the unsung hero of British aviation of the WWII era: while the Supermarine Spitfire was sexier and more technologically advanced, the robust Hurricane scored more kills in the Battle of Britain and went on the become a true multi role
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Tim Ganotis
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It read as almost a love letter to the Hurricane. Some interesting stories of dogfights and other missions featuring the plane, which is often overshadowed by the Spitfire, just as the B24 Liberator is eclipsed by the B17 Flying Fortress. An easy read, on the shorter side, and includes some period photos.
Robert Hepple
The Hurricane Story, first published in 1959, tells the story of the Hawker Hurricane fighter plane and its role in RAF service during the Second World War. This is an unusual subject for Paul Gallico, better known for his fiction and many TV and movie adaptations. The book contains a number of black and white photos. The short length means that it is more of an extended thumbnail sketch than a full story. In my 2015 reprint, the photos are small, poorly printed and have uselessly uninformative ...more
Alice
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I only knew Paul Gallico's writing from his two charming cat books, Thomasina and Jennie, so I was intrigued to come across this biography of the Hurricane. It turns out that Gallico writes with just as much affection, and anthropomorphism, about aircraft as about cats. This really is the story of the Hurricane more than it is the story of her designer Sydney Camm or any of the pilots who flew her, although credit and admiration are dispensed. I learned a great deal about this tough but forgivin ...more
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"The Hurricane Story" Paul Gallico, 1958. The author, Paul Gallico, is aeronautically illiterate.
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Paul William Gallico was born in New York City, on 26th July, 1897. His father was an Italian, and his mother came from Austria; they emigrated to New York in 1895.

He went to school in the public schools of New York, and in 1916 went to Columbia University. He graduated in 1921 with a Bachelor of Science degree, having lost a year and a half due to World War I. He then worked for the National Boar
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