Several years ago a book by Alan Bennett, titled Captain Roy Brown
, was announced, but never appeared. Alan Bennett died in January 2007 and the work has langished since then. It has now been published, apparently in trade paperback (although Amazon.com says hardback), and for Amazon's Kindle format. The Kindle version appears as six separate volumes, unfoliated, so I cannot tell how many pages it has, and costs about $40 for all the parts. I also have the dead tree version on order, through Amazon.com supplied by The Book Depository in England (although iBooks and Brick Tower Press are in New York). I will report on the paper version when it arrives.
Co-author of the book is Margaret Brown Harmon (Roy Brown's daughter), with major contributions by Howard Morton Brown (Roy Brown's brother) and Denny Reid May ("Wop" May's son).
Volume One of the Kindle version contains the first four chapters, covering his life through flight training. Volume Two has the next four chapters, and covers his combat career. Volume Three has chapters 9 to 12, and covers 1918 to 1939. Volume Four has chapters 13-15 and covers 1939 to his death in 1944, and the family to 1965. Volume 5 has chapters 16-19, and covers "The Red Baron Affair" in detail, quoting or referencing every source known to Alan. Volume 6 has the appendices, bibliography, etc.
There are many photographs in the book, covering Roy Brown's entire life; Amazon says 500 photos. To me they too often seem small and dark. And maybe I don't know how to play with the Kindle version on my PC (you do not need to buy a Kindle, you can download a free Kindle reader and install it on a PC and Mac, as well as several other devices, but not Unix), but I don't see any way to change picture size or contrast.
My attempts in the past to contact Brick Tower Press, by phone or email, were never answered.
All in all, I think this is an excellent biography of Roy Brown, and well worth reading.