Finding Amelia: The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance

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In the seventy years since the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan during a flight over the Central Pacific, their fate has remained one of history's most debated mysteries despite dozens of books offering solutions. This book is different. It draws on thousands of never before published primary source documents to present a narrative that corrects decades of misconception. Ric Gillespie offers a very realistic picture of Earhart, her attempted world flight, the events surrounding her ...
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Overview


In the seventy years since the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan during a flight over the Central Pacific, their fate has remained one of history's most debated mysteries despite dozens of books offering solutions. This book is different. It draws on thousands of never before published primary source documents to present a narrative that corrects decades of misconception. Ric Gillespie offers a very realistic picture of Earhart, her attempted world flight, the events surrounding her disappearance, and the U.S. government's failed attempt to find her. Scrupulously accurate yet thrilling to read, the book is based on information uncovered by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR). Gillespie, TIGHAR's executive director and a former aviation accident investigator, notes that he does not argue for a particular theory but supports the hypothesis that Earhart and Noonan died as castaways on a remote Pacific atoll.
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Unlike other, more speculative books on the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, this premiere study by Gillespie (executive director, International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery) offers a mind-bogglingly detailed perspective on the 16-day attempt to save both the aviatrix and her navigator, Fred Noonan, following their downing near Howland Island in the Pacific. Despite the deployment of numerous auxiliary vessels, a battleship, and an aircraft carrier, the flight and resulting rescue effort were doomed, according to Gillespie, for numerous reasons. These include micromanaging by Earhart's husband as well as the White House, U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, and Department of Interior; Earhart's questionable airmanship; Earhart's and Noonan's inability to cope with Morse Code; and the loss of her plane's receiving antennae at takeoff on Lae, New Guinea. Gillespie suggests that Earhart may have set down on Gardner Island in the Pacific's Phoenix Group and lived well past her disappearance, but he offers no definitive evidence. Although this book is soundly researched, its highly technical style and scientific approach may be challenging to the casual reader. Recommended for aeronautical collections and large libraries. John Carver Edwards, Univ. of Georgia Libs. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591143192
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Edition description: BK & DVD
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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Ric Gillespie, a recognized authority on Earhart's disappearance, has led eight archaeological search expeditions to the Pacific. A resident of Wilmington, DE, he has written about the subject for Life and Naval History.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2006

    Can You Hear Me Now? Amelia Earhart and Radio

    As 'Finding Amelia' makes clear, the 1937 disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan was more about confusion than conspiracy. Ric Gillespie's spellbinding writing shatters a number of myths while presenting compelling evidence concerning what really happened on July 2, 1937 and afterwards. I found the chapter on Betty's Notebook to be particularly compelling--a Florida teenager may have been an 'earwitness' to SOS calls from Amelia Earhart and wrote down what she heard--but the entire book is an enthralling read. The accompanying DVD is an added bonus, as it contains scans of all of the listed sources. giving the reader the chance to assemble the pieces of this historical puzzle and reach their own conclusion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2014

    Mathlover

    I love Amelia Earhart and i've been wanting to know what happened to her and I can't believe you know what happend to her but hopefully your telling the truth. Anyway Amelia Earhart is like my idol.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    My name is amelia

    Amelia Earheart,wherever you are,my name is amelia too. Me and amelia have 2 things in common-our names and we both like adventures-but I like astronomy too. from amelia

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Amelia

    I have not read this book, however, I read the original one Amelia Earhart lives by Joe Gervais and Joe Klaas. Amelia was on a secret mission by FDR to see how the Japanese were fortifying the islands, i.e. Howland, Wake before WWII when we got involved. I think she was captured and exchanged for Hiro Hitto the then emperor of Japan. She came back to this country and had a little "work" done so she would not be recognized. I hope one day we all find out. You can bet J. Edgar Hoover knew the truth. Too bad we could not read his secret files.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

    A decades-old mystery is one step closer to being solved

    Everyone knows that Amelia Earhart did not finish her around-the-world flight in 1937 - and that is about the only thing that anyone interested in finding out what happened next can agree on. Did she and navigator Fred Noonan crash at sea? Did the Japanese execute them after a secret spy mission? Did Amelia somehow survive and end up living in the US under an assumed name? Was that Star Trek: Voyager episode the true solution?

    Up to now, more than a dozen books have hashed out numerous theories, with various degrees of credibility, but all have had one thing in common - they "solve" the mystery with a mixture of carefully selected facts (it's easy to ignore what doesn't support your version of reality), speculation unsupported by any contemporaneous records, unscientifically-interpreted evidence (photos, etc.), and not a few WAGs.

    "Finding Amelia" strips away the legends and myths that have grown up around Earhart and her last flight, and for the first time ALL of the available contemporary records from the actual time are laid out in chronological order, explained and then left to stand on their own. All of the post-loss radio messages. All of the hoaxes. All of the painfully inept attempts by the US government to find Amelia in time to save her from herself. To his credit, author Ric Gillespie makes no attempt to say the mystery is finally solved.

    While not solved, the mystery of Amelia and Fred's disappearance is in many ways finally REsolved, because all of the information is laid out in the same order that it happened. This does make for a tedious read at points, but it is critical for understanding the whole of the World Flight as it came to its tragic (some might say foregone) conclusion.

    Facts are not selectively used, broad assumptions are not stated as fact, and all of the materials used to prepare the manuscript are available for the reader's review on the accompanying DVD. It's a good read that will keep you turning the pages until the very end, where a surprising Epilogue sets your mind wandering down a whole new path.

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