Atlantic Fever: Lindbergh, His Competitors, and the Race to Cross the Atlantic

Atlantic Fever: Lindbergh, His Competitors, and the Race to Cross the Atlantic

by Joe Jackson
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Atlantic Fever: Lindbergh, His Competitors, and the Race to Cross the Atlantic by Joe Jackson

A fast-paced, dynamic account of the race to cross the Atlantic, and the larger-than-life personalities of the aviators who captured the world's attention

In 1919, a prize of $25,000 was offered to the first aviator to cross the Atlantic in either direction between France and America. Although it was one of the most coveted prizes in the world, it sat unclaimed (not without efforts) for eight long years, until the spring of 1927. It was then, during five incredibly tense weeks, that one of those magical windows in history opened, when there occurred a nexus of technology, innovation, character, and spirit that led so many contenders (from different parts of the world) to all suddenly be on the cusp of the exact same achievement at the exact same time.

Atlantic Fever is about the race; it is a milestone in American history whose story has never been fully told. Richard Byrd, Noel Davis, Stanton Wooster, Clarence Chamberlin, Charles Levine, René Fonck, Charles Nungesser, and François Coli—all had equal weight in the race with Charles Lindbergh. Although the story starts in September 1926 with the crash of the first competitor, or even further back with the 1919 establishment of the prize, its heart is found in a short period, those five weeks from April 14 to May 21, 1927, when the world held its breath and the aviators met their separate fates in the air.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374106751
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 6.32(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.58(d)

About the Author

Joe Jackson is the author of five works of nonfiction and one novel. His most recent book, The Thief at the End of the World: Rubber, Power, and the Seeds of Empire, was named one of Time magazine’s Top Ten Nonfiction Books of 2008.

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Atlantic Fever: Lindbergh, His Competitors, and the Race to Cross the Atlantic 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Detailed look at 1920's aviation. No photos in the Nook version which is too bad. Still enjoyed it.
OlyDan More than 1 year ago
Great book. We forget that in many ways the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Paris in 1927 was in many ways similar to the first moon landing decades later. Jackson does a great job telling the story by covering the lives of many of the various participants in his very readable style. This is an interesting story that in many ways has been forgotten to history. Highly recommend.