Author James Neal Harvey has been a pilot for more than 40 years and has owned a dozen aircraft (including a De Havilland Tiger Moth built for the RAF, a Stinson V-77 that flew in the Royal Navy, and a Messerschmitt Bf-108 that served in the Luftwaffe). Author of six previous books, his grasp of aero-dynamics informs the narrative, as he examines how Messerschmitt might well have changed the course of the Second World War.
...a fascinating book, an insight into the life of a man who played a role in the Nazi war machine, but is not defined by it. -- Scale Aviation Modeller International ...interesting in its coverage of the famous designer and his problems with the authorities....Written in an open style...easy to read... -- Aeroplane Magazine ...perfect blend of sympathetic career biography and gripping military history...Only an author with 40 years' flying experience and a connoisseur's appreciation of World War II vintage aircraft could have written such a fine book, solidly researched from family interviews, pilot reports, and appropriate secondary sources. Additionally, the dramatic writing style makes Harvey's effort a definite winner for all World War II military history buffs. -- Library Journal ...uses his 40 years of flying experience and experience of aviation to tell the fascinating story of Messerschmitt and how, given the right conditions, Messerschmitt and other German aircraft designers could have changed the course of WWII. -- Military Scale Gear head's history at heart, spiced with bracing air battle accounts of Willy's planes in action and an adulterous affair with a baroness. -- World War II Well researched and written with verve. -- Publisher's Weekly