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Zeppelin Hindenburg: an Illustrated History of LZ-129

6 September 2017

Zeppelin Hindenburg: an Illustrated History of LZ-129, Dan Grossman/Cheryl Ganz/Patrick Russell, 2017, ISBN 978 0 7509 6995 6, 192 pp., color as well as B&W photos drawings and renderings

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Zeppelin Hindenburg: an Illustrated History of LZ-129 by Dan Grossman, Cheryl Ganz & Patrick Russell

Dan Grossman, an esteemed expert regarding the history of the Hindenburg, is the lead author on this spectacular piece. Text elicits his deep knowledge of this airship which captivates imaginations though it last flew 80 years in the past, in a vastly different era. Photographs show life and detail, many were rarely seen prior to Zeppelin Hindenburg as Grossman researched many private collections for this title. 3-D renderings bridge text and images to give perspective.

This book brings readers into the life of the airship—as a passenger, as a crew member and as a ship’s officer. It is especially refreshing, as well as original, who the text delves into the life and work of the crew. Stories of some of the individual passengers are captivating, as well. Count Hindenburg’s decisions and those of industry are additionally quite revealing—placing readers into the context of the day.

The writers run the gamut from playing the aluminum piano to stepping out into an 80 mph windstream while traversing to an engine gondola. There is little which the authors have not explained or told of the story and their telling is innovative, expressive and lively—this is a celebration of the life and times of LZ-129. The Hindenburg disaster at Lakehurst, naturally, is covered in detail and in the same style of the book bringing readers to thorough technical understanding (e.g., wind fields, static electricity build-up, flying and landing the airship) as well as the culture back in the day.

Each of the authors is expert in their own right and this book is a must-have title for a library, whether public or private. The resources cited in the book alone are invaluable. It is no wonder that the forward is written by staff from the National Air and Space Museum as well as the Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen.

Dan Grossman also writes the authoritative website Airships.net and his book is on this Amazon link.

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