Air Transport World

Birds of Prey, Boeing V Airbus.

Heinemann London; 246 pages; index; notes; no bibliography; 16.99 pounds.

The introduction of this book, by Matthew Lynn of the Sunday Times is terrific. Entitled: "A War of the Gulf," he gets right into it. There is good material on the $6 billion, 30-airplane deal with Saudi Arabia that President Clinton leaked to the press in 1993 but didn't finalize until this year. Lynn found good material about government involvement by both the U.S. and France on behalf of their respective companies.

Then, as things went badly, the author sketches out his history of the two protagonists. There are enough mistakes and typographical errors to make you wonder if he knows what he is talking about when he gets to the big items later on. …

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