Amelia: A Life of the Aviation Legend

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Bestselling authors Donald Goldstein and Katherine Dillon provide new insights into a mystery that has confounded searchers for sixty years. Much more than an investigation of Amelia Earhart's disappearance, however, this intimate biography describes a compelling young woman who rejected society's traditional female role to pursue an exciting, path-breaking career and who overcame the stigma such independence brought her. Amelia Earhart inspired many to reach for the skies. Her indefatigable spirit was, and still...
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Overview

Bestselling authors Donald Goldstein and Katherine Dillon provide new insights into a mystery that has confounded searchers for sixty years. Much more than an investigation of Amelia Earhart's disappearance, however, this intimate biography describes a compelling young woman who rejected society's traditional female role to pursue an exciting, path-breaking career and who overcame the stigma such independence brought her. Amelia Earhart inspired many to reach for the skies. Her indefatigable spirit was, and still is, an inspiration to millions.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
YAUnlike the majority of books on Earhart, this one focuses on her entire life, and not just her mysterious disappearance. The authors strongly emphasize that their subject was much more than another aviator trying to set new records. Beginning with her childhood, they analyze why Earhart became not only one of aviation's great pioneers, but also a champion of women's rights and a devoted member of her family. When the inevitable disappearance is covered, it is handled with an almost scientific methodology, looking at all of the currently held theories. The book flows smoothly and is accessible to YAs. A must-read for any teen interested in aviation.John Kiefman, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Booknews
A balanced biography of this American icon, covering her early life and career, her marriage, her solo crossing of the Atlantic and other firsts, and her preparations for a round-the-world flight, and her disappearance. Discusses communication problems on that flight, attempts at rescue, and the flood of theories about her disappearance. Includes b&w photos, some never before published. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"Earhart's story soars again. . . . Most compelling is the portrayal of Earhart as traiblazer, a woman who confronted expectations of her time and shattered them."

"Presents an altogether different point of view on the oft-told tale of Amelia Earhart and shows her in a most attractive and human way."

"A vivid portrait of a fascinating person who had a personality so captivating, who was so glad to be alive, and so dedicated to her chosen field that her reputation as a loyal, entertaining, and inspirational woman endures to this day."

“Presents an altogether different point of view . . . of Amelia Earhart and shows her in a most attractive and human way.”

“A vivid portrait of a fascinating person who had a personality so captivating, who was so glad to be alive, and so dedicated to her chosen field that her reputation as a loyal, entertaining, and inspirational woman endures to this day.”

"Earhart's story soars again. . . . Most compelling is the portrayal of Earhart as traiblazer, a woman who confronted expectations of her time and shattered them."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597970952
  • Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/30/2007
  • Series: Potomac's Paperback Classics
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 500,840
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Katherine V. Dillon, Donald M. Goldstein and the late Gordon W. Prange created numerous World War II classics, including At Dawn We Slept; Miracle at Midway; and God’s Samurai: Lead Pilot at Pearl Harbor (Brassey’s, Inc., reprint 2003). They also collaborated with historian J. Michael Wenger on several books, including The Way It Was: Pearl Harbor-The Original Photographs (Brassey’s, Inc., 1995); Rain of Ruin: A Photographic History of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Brassey’s, Inc., 1995); and The Pearl Harbor Papers.

Donald M. Goldstein is a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, a professor of public and international affairs, and a best-selling author. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction xi
Part I. Takeoff
Chapter 1. Childhood Idyll 3
Chapter 2. Shadow on the Sun 13
Chapter 3. Amelia Finds Wings 24
Chapter 4. "Ask for Amelia Earhart" 36
Chapter 5. The Flight of the Friendship 48
Chapter 6. Ticker Tape and Travel 60
Chapter 7. Gain and Loss 70
Chapter 8. Daughter, Sister, Wife 82
Part II. High Flight
Chapter 9. Vindication 93
Chapter 10. Europe Welcomes Amelia 101
Chapter 11. The White House and Elsewhere 108
Chapter 12. On the Ground and in the Sky 117
Chapter 13. West to East 126
Chapter 14. Mexican Venture 134
Chapter 15. Work and Honors 141
Chapter 16. The Flying Laboratory 148
Chapter 17. Plans and Warnings 155
Part III. Flight into Mystery
Chapter 18. False Start 165
Chapter 19. Entr'acte 175
Chapter 20. Miami Takeoff 183
Chapter 21. South America and South Atlantic 190
Chapter 22. Across Africa 197
Chapter 23. India and the Monsoons 204
Chapter 24. Problems 210
Chapter 25. Poised for Departure 220
Chapter 26. Disaster 228
Chapter 27. The Early Searches 238
Chapter 28. The Last Search Phase 247
Chapter 29. The Aftermath 258
Chapter 30. The Rumor Mill 266
Chapter 31. An Open-Ended Case 273
Epilogue 284
Notes 289
Glossary 309
Bibliography 312
Index 315
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