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In the study of Canadian military history the Avro Arrow has become a buzzword found on the lips of all technological, political and even airforce enthusiast. At the risk of seeming unoriginal in topic selection, this critique reviews the fascinating biography, Fall of an Arrow, by Murray Peden. Peden's historical biography accurately covers a variety of aspects of the A. V. Row Arrow, from specifics in military capability, to competing technological and political/economic significance. This critical evaluation of the mentioned secondary source sets out to evaluate the work as a historical source, focussing on evidence of bias, the apparent coherence of arguments and finally the effectiveness of Peden's underlying …show more content…

To further examine the book's worth as a historical guide it is important to note the great details described in terms of process and specifications of the late Arrow. Peden captures a multitude of statistics and draws on technical background making his book an excellent source for facts and figures. Moreover the book explains much of the technical focus of the Arrow project detractors, for this takes up the larger portion of his case. In the event that one should need to back up concepts and theories regarding the Arrow project and the surrounding political and economic affairs, Peden provides an extremely valuable source. There is much to be mentioned in terms of the people who drove the project, engineers, cooperative Americans who's resources made much of the project viable, and the leadership of Crawford Gordon. Unfortunately this source is skimpy on the preceding variables, compromising it's historic worth in terms of key personalities. It would be this papers contention that Peden's work is an excellent source for the enhancement and crystallization of prior knowledge on the subject matter, due to it's technological base. It is also being suggested here that the historic value of the political and decision making process observed throughout the period of the 1956-58, may be oversimplified in Peden's case

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