The Magic of a Name tells the story of the first 40 years of Britain's most prestigious manufacturer - Rolls-Royce. Beginning with the historic meeting in 1904 of Henry Royce and the Honourable C.S. Rolls, and the birth in 1906 of the legendary Silver Ghost, Peter Pugh tells a story of genius, skill, hard work and dedication which gave the world cars and aero engines unrivalled in their excellence. In 1915, 100 years ago, the pair produced their first aero engine, the Eagle which along with the Hawk, Falcon and Condor proved themselves in battle in the First World War. In the Second the totemic Merlin was installed in the Spitfire and built in a race against time in 1940 to help win the Battle of Britain. With unrivalled access to the company's archives, Peter Pugh's history is a unique portrait of both an iconic name and of British industry at its best.
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Peter Pugh was educated at Oundle and Cambridge, where he read History , and has written more than 30 books on business, both in Britain and overseas.From Library Journal:
The name Rolls-Royce is synonymous with luxury, beauty, and unrivaled excellence in car manufacture, but many people don't realize that there is much more to Rolls-Royce than just cars. Most commercial jets are powered by Rolls-Royce engines, and the company remains one of the top three aero engine manufacturers in the world. In this book, the first of a definitive two-volume history of the Rolls-Royce company, Pugh recounts the fascinating first 50 years of the company. Researched from company archives, this is not a book simply about cars but instead a well-researched historical account of a company whose achievements paralleled the technological developments of the 20th century. Indeed, the expertise and engineering innovations of Henry Rolls and Charles Royce were crucial to the Allied victory. Useful for transportation libraries but also for history and military collections.DEric C. Shoaf, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence, RI
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