Unsolved: What Really Happened to Amelia Earhart?by John Micklos
Did Amelia Earhart's plane crash into the ocean? Was she taken hostage by the Japanese? Ever since the disappearance of her plane on July 2, 1937, people have been fascinated by the story of this famous female pilot. Author John Micklos, Jr., takes a look at Earhart's astounding life. Did you know that she flew for fun and held many different jobs, such as a nurse in a military hospital, a social worker, and a counselor at a university? She also wrote books on some of her flying adventures.
Earhart's first record was for flying higher than any other woman, reaching 14,000 feet. She was the first woman to fly across the United States and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. But her distinguished flying career ended in a shroud of mystery. Find out more about the many questions surrounding the life-and mysterious disappearance-of Amelia Earhart.
The questions surrounding Earhart's ultimate fate spark the interest of many. Micklos discusses the pilot's childhood, including what made her tick and what made her fly. However, the book's real focus is on the events of her fateful round-the-world adventure. The author makes it clear that Earhart understood the risks she was taking and was compelled to try it anyway. There are several theories about what happened to her and her copilot, Fred Noonan, on July 2, 1937. Perhaps her airplane ran out of fuel, causing its passengers to die at sea. Maybe they landed on a nearby Pacific island and waited in vain for rescue. Or it could be they made an emergency landing and were picked up by the Japanese military, who suspected them of spying for the American government. As the plane and remains have never been found and identified, no one really knows. Fully half of this book is devoted to the famous flight and the possible explanations for what occurred. Chock-full of photos, including an aerial view of the diminutive Howland Island, Unsolved captures the imagination. The author highlights specific subjects and concepts that are essential to understanding Earhart's character and times. Even libraries that own other books about the aviator should consider this one.
Tracy H. ChrenkaCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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