Should one wish to
know everything there is to know about the development and evolution
of the Norton Commando from the early beginnings to post-production
days, this is the book to have. Through my involvement with
Commandos for over three decades and my aquaintance with many of the
key persons in the Commando story I thought I knew enough. This book
has shown me otherwise.
As in the case of the
few very good books on Norton, Duckworth has done his homework
thoroughly, and in doing so came up with some aspects that, to the
best of my knowledge, have not been covered before. He drew heavily
on the accounts of those people who were there and had played a role
in Commando development, including unsung- but by no means
insignificant- heroes like Bob Rowley and Richard Negus.
Typical for a book that is aimed at the enthusiastic amateur are the
inset views of current owners and the references made to the current
spares and accessories scene which, to me, are not particularly informative. The real Duckworth
quality can be found in his interviews with factory personell and in
his historical writing.
Skip the "Private Owner View" bits and Chapter 8
"Marching on", in which I find some views a bit hard to
swallow- the word "propaganda" comes to mind- and what you
have is probably the best book ever on Nortons most successful
civilan model of all times, the Commando.
book was available from us under publication# JRP071, but is
currently out of stock and not in print.