The Concorde Conspiracy

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The Concorde Conspiracy

By John Costello and Terry Hughes
Scribner, 1976
302 pp. $12.95

Two British journalists knowledgeably review the tangled 15-year history of the Concorde-or should it have been called Discorde? Threading their way through the controversies in Britain and France, and the related SST debate in the U.S., they note the remarkable mix of considerations involving economic competition, ecological concern, "grandeur," and international rivalry which have affected the program. They argue that the Anglo-French aircraft industries believe that Concorde is "the essential spearhead in the attempt to break the U.S. domination and near monopoly of Western commercial aircraft construction." An extremely timely book.

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