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The Sound of Wings: The Life of Amelia Earhart

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When Amelia Earhart mysteriously disappeared in 1937 during her attempted flight around the world, she was already known as America's most famous female aviator. Her sense of daring and determination, rare for women of her time, brought her insurmountable fame from the day she became the first woman to cross the Atlantic in an airplane. In this definitive biography, Mary S. Lovell delivers a brilliantly researched account on Earhart’s life using the original documents, letters, the logbooks of Earhart and her ...

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Overview

When Amelia Earhart mysteriously disappeared in 1937 during her attempted flight around the world, she was already known as America's most famous female aviator. Her sense of daring and determination, rare for women of her time, brought her insurmountable fame from the day she became the first woman to cross the Atlantic in an airplane. In this definitive biography, Mary S. Lovell delivers a brilliantly researched account on Earhart’s life using the original documents, letters, the logbooks of Earhart and her contemporaries, and personal interviews with members of Amelia's family, friends and rival aviators The Sound of Wings vividly captures the drama and mystery behind the most influential woman in “The Golden Age of Flight”—from her tomboy days at the turn of the century and her early fascinations with flying, to the unique relationship she shared with G.P. Putnam, the flamboyant publisher and public relations agent who became both her husband and her business manager. It is a revealing biography of an uncommonly brave woman, and the man who both aided and took advantage of her dreams.

This definitive biography of aviation legend Amelia Earhart delivers a brilliantly researched report on Earhart's life--from her tomboy childhood and early fascination with flying, her peculiar business/matrimonial realtionship with publisher G.P. Putnam to her consuming quest for avaiation fame.

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"We must be on you, but cannot see you -- but gas is running low. Have been unable to reach you by radio. We are flying at 1,000 feet." Amelia Earhart's last radio transmissions left few clues to her 1937 disappearance over the Pacific, but the legend of this pioneer female aviator was already firmly in place. Mary S. Lovell's adeptly crafted biography of this short-haired, Kansas-born feminist pays due tribute to Earhart's spunk and daring; it also shows that she was no tragic pawn of her publicist husband, George Putnam.
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"Vividly evokes the tragic aspect of Amelia Earhart, as well as the moxie and grit of her personality and the hair-raising atmosphere of pioneering aviation."

New York Times Book Review

"The most carefully researched Earhart biography to date."

The Boston Herald

"A realistic, full-bodied portrait."

Booklist

"A monumental biography - Mary Lovell is the real thing: a biographer passionately interested in her subjects. She realises her material and retells with tremendous verve all the best stories."

—The Times (UK)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312587338
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 488,267
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary S. Lovell is author of the international bestselling biography Straight on Till Morning: The Biography of Beryl Markham and other acclaimed biographies on Sir Richard Burton, Jane Digby, the Mitford Girls, Betty “Cynthia Pack”, and Bess of Hardwick. She lives in Hampshire, England.

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  • Posted January 1, 2013

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    Earhart Definitive Biography

    This biography of Amelia Earhart was quickly appraised as the definitive biography. Mary Lovell does a good job of presenting various sides to Amelia's story achieving a balanced presentation especially of the events of Amelia's final flight. Lovell's writing is somewhat terse and abrupt but this style seems to fit the times and story told. The book starts with Amelia's grandparents, so it is really a biography and not just a story about Amelia as a pilot nor her round the world flight attempt. I found the book very interesting not only as an account of Amelia's life but as a portrayal of the times, other important figures such as the Roosevelts, the mechanizations of publicity, and of George Putnam, Amelia's husband.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    I am a high school sophomore and I chose to read this book for m

    I am a high school sophomore and I chose to read this book for my project. My review is both good and bad. The good part of the book is that it gave me
    mostly all of the information for my project. I learned so much about her. It was amazing how Amelia was able to balance her social life and all of her
    jobs. What I also liked is that it included all aspects on her life, not just her adulthood. This book included a lot of things through letters, notes, and even
    some of her diary entries. The book has a lot of information relevant to her life.The best part, I believe is when it talks about her accomplishments as a
    women's activist. I also liked how the book talks about all the different airplanes that she flew and how much time and effort she put into creating the
    flying trips. The bad part of the book is that it would go often off topic, for more than a couple of chapters on Amelia's husband, George Putnam. Those
    chapters often led me confused, and kept me wondering if I should write about him. Even after Amelia, in the book disappeared, they were talking about
    her husband and how he married two more wives after her. Another part that I did not like was that the book would go into detail, of her father's drinking
    problem. Sure, her dad's drinking problem is sort of relevant, but I want to know about Amelia, not about her father and his addiction. Overall it was a
    great book. I would suggest this book to anyone that needed a story about Amelia Earhart for a huge project or just information about her life. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2000

    Praise for Mary S. Lovell

    Even though i am a young adult, I am interested in Amelia Earhart's life. She brings courage and faith to her young believers. In this particular book Mary S. Lovell brings in a new approach. She tries to focus on Amelia's young life as well as when she dissapeared. She also brings in a biography of George Palmer Putnam, which gives the readers an idea how George was associated with Amelias life. As i said before, PRAISE FOR MARY S. LOVELL

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    Posted April 25, 2010

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