Concorde: The Rise and Fall of the Supersonic Airliner

Author(s): Jonathan Glancey

Biography, Memoir & Autobiography

The story of this magnificent and hugely popular aircraft is told here anew, taking the reader from the moment Captain Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier in 1947 to the last commercial flight in 2003. It is a tale of national rivalries, technological leaps, daring prototypes, tightrope politics, and a dream of a Dan Dare future never quite realized. This book traces the development of Concorde not just through existing material and archives, but through interviews with those who lived with the supersonic project from its inception. The result is a compelling mix of overt technological optimism and faith in an ever faster, ever more sophisticated future.


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A new and boldly original history of the iconic aircraft, by the bestselling author of Spitfire: The Biography and Harrier.

A thoughtful hymn to a great symbol of the analogue age... Concorde will be the standard long read on the subject for a good few years The Times What Jonathan Glancey likes about Concorde could probably fill several books... His history of the Anglo-French supersonic airliner is nevertheless engaging, tracing the arc of Concorde's rise in the 1970s, an unlikely triumph of engineering and international co-operation, through to its decommissioning in 2003... This is an enthusiast's book, but a good one. Financial Times Jonathan Glancey is eminently qualified to write a history of Concorde... He fully appreciates the aesthetics and science of aeronautical engineering, and the lucidity of his prose makes his complex subject clearly comprehensible Spectator How welcome it is to see a specialist book from someone who can write... What might appear to be yet another book on this widely exposed aircraft is actually one very much worth reading. Pilot Glancey skilfully tells the tale of a plane forged from a great trans-national alliance, and how it eventually fell from sky, taking with it - perhaps temporarily - the dream of a world shrunk small by the sheer force of technology. Wallpaper Excellent... Glancey has a gift for explaining complex issues... he also sprinkles the text with vivid phrases. -- Leo McKinstry Literary Review

Jonathan Glancey is well known as the former architecture and design correspondent of the Guardian and Independent newspapers. He is also a steam locomotive enthusiast and pilot. A frequent broadcaster, his books include Harrier, Giants of Steam, the bestselling Spitfire: The Biography, Nagaland: A Journey to India's Forgotten Frontier, Tornado: 21st Century Steam, The Story of Architecture, The Train: An Illustrated History.

General Fields

  • : 9781782391098
  • : Atlantic Books, Limited
  • : Atlantic Books
  • : July 2016
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : July 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jonathan Glancey
  • : Paperback
  • : Main
  • : English
  • : 629.133349
  • : 320
  • : 1x8pp b/w plates1x8pp colour plates