48 pages, 24x21cm, soft cover
Pierre Prieur aérostier
book, written by Serge Negre and
Danielle Autha, published in 2003
What a strange and beautiful story
of this ballonner who was an observer during the first World
war. This story is narrated with force and simplicity
and the context of this period is well expressed by the
comments and the photographs. Some of them are of a great
appropriateness and are a story by themselves. The
notes on the photographs of observation, the views of accidents,
the men with concentrated faces, the proximity of the enemy
lines, are falling us in the so particular atmosphere of
a war which terrorized and gave so much pain to the combatants
of both sides.
In this context, the calm, the
clear self-control allied to the youth of Pierre Prieur
are like a flower in the desert.
The authors have been clever to
include in the book a description of the kite ballons, of
their technique, their development, and their history.
A successful book which deserves
to be more known and distributed and which I recommend to