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on January 1, 2006
This is simply a magnificent book. I own three dozen other aviation fine art books. If I could have only one of them on my shelf, it would be this one. I'll try to explain why.

The selection of over 150 subjects from the artist's vast portfolio is very satisfying. The book has many air combat paintings, 21 of his USPS postage stamps, and enough of the town of Phillip's Bay to make you feel at home there. There is great variety. The subjects include the very popular fighters & bombers of WWII, but there are many less-often-seen aviation subjects- military trainers, helicopters, jets, blimps, flying boats plus sailboats, lighthouses, trains, and a classic car or two. At the same time, there is a sense of harmony.

The layout and reproduction values are excellent. The size is the definative "aviation fine art coffee table book" format. This means that the page gutter rarely interferes with the reader's ability to enjoy the art.

The book has exceptional visual impact, but the appeal goes much deeper. Beyond the visual statements of the art itself, Bill Phillips has a lot to say. The Coopers' well-crafted text blends it all together -- the artist's biography, his thoughts and reflections, and the stories behind the paintings. When they are finished, they have drawn the reader in, and made the art much more personal.

This book will hold your attention and entertain you for a long time. I hope you get the chance to enjoy this book as much as I have.
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on January 16, 2009
This is simply too good a collection of paintings to not own it. You will enjoy leafing through this book at odd times, getting lost in the picture that is before you and forgetting that it is art and not a slice of life.

Phillip's works are small treasures and owning them in book form is special.
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on August 20, 2009
William S Phillips is one of the very top aviation artists, and this collection of his work certainly says why. He is very accurate in his depiction of various aircraft, but also places them in settings that evoke the wonder and romance of flight. I greatly enjoy the book. It's the sort of book you can just crack open anywhere and what you see will please and interest you. Yes, the captions are sometimes a bit corny, but the text gives good historic context to the paintings, and the text gives a window into exactly who this very talented artist is. Very worthwhile purchase!
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on June 11, 2007
Whether an old hand or new to aviation art, this is the book to own. Phillips' art is in itself amazing. However, the presentation and accompanying words make the book even better. The size of the book ensures the reader can appreciate the art without the distraction of page gutters and make it perfect for display. Ann and Charlie Cooper have done a wonderful job describing the thoughts and ideas behind each piece of art - very well researched. You won't be disappointed.
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on December 26, 2009
A great collection of details about the artist, his revelations of His creation and the aeronautical, technological and historical creations of mankind, both in war and peace. I couldn't be happier with a book in my library.
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on January 8, 2014
Incredible book!! If you like aviation and history, you will love this book. The art is amazing!!! I can't say enough about this artist.
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on April 25, 2008
I am more of a fan of Phillips "nostalgia" pictures than just the airplane pictures, so I was a little disappointed in the treatment of them. Several were cover pages with printing on them which ruined the nostalgia mood. Several were too small. Several were good. If you are a fan of all of Phillips paintings, then you must have this. The quality is excellent.
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