Legend and Legacy

Legend and Legacy

The Story of Boeing and Its People

Book - 1992
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Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c1992
ISBN: 9780312058906
031205890X
Branch Call Number: 338.7 SE67L
338.7 SE67L, NWR 338.7 SE67L
Characteristics: xv, 480 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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DanielCarey1967
Aug 24, 2015

Serling's book is a very good history of the Boeing company, one of the better ones I have read. It is quite detailed. The book covers Boeing from its beginnings to 1991. It does a very good job of covering all the company's activities, from building bombers to commercial jets to missiles and spacecraft. He also discusses activities at Wichita and Philadelphia. Serling also does a very good job of placing the importance of these accomplishments in their context in terms of what they meant to the company.
Serling uses plenty of first person accounts, ranging from executives, managers, engineers, accountants, machinists and test pilots. However, it is weighed more in favor of those who were managers and engineers. There is relatively little about the company's labor history or strikes as compared to other books about the company. A bibliography would have been very welcome. He does list in the introduction those who contributed, but a comprehensive list of his sources would have been helpful.
I recommend this book to all who want to know about the story of the Boeing company.

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