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Posted January 2, 2003
boring on the way in, and then you have to fight to get through it. The bulk of the book deals with the history of attempts to understand hurricanes; the tale of a doomed flight provides narrative continuity. I know quite a bit about some of the history discussed, and despite (or perhaps because of) the jargon, a lot of it is wrong -- which makes me wonder about the accuracy of the parts about which I know less. It is also full of careless errors (e.g., typos, use of the wrong homonym, obvious mistakes in converting between Celsius and Fahrenheit, casual references to things that don't get described until later in the book). What annoyed me most, though, were some of the creative liberties taken with this "creative nonfiction" (as the jacket bio calls it): pseudoscientific assertions and distortions of fact made to achieve literary ends. It may be that the flight's open-endedness just is not compelling enough, and its historical context just too limited, to make this an engrossing story. Or maybe it needs a different author. As this genre goes, it's a disappointing book: poorly edited and (in my opinion) of questionable accuracy in the historical details. The preface and prologue should satisfy your curiosity, unless you want all the details of the flight in question. Even then, life is too short to read bad books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 29, 2002
I liked this book a whole lot. I read his (Toomey's) other one, too--Amelia Earhart's Daughters and liked it. I hope he keeps writing stuff about aviation history. He really knows how to get your attention and keep it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 31, 2009
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