Big Jump: Lindbergh and the Great Atlantic Air Race

Big Jump: Lindbergh and the Great Atlantic Air Race

by Richard Bak

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471477525
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 07/26/2011
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,001,312
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

RICHARD BAK is a Detroit-based journalist and the author of twenty-five books, including Henry and Edsel: The Creation of the Ford Empire and Peach: Ty Cobb in His Time and Ours. He has received three ForeWord magazine Book-of-the-Year awards, the Stuart D. and Vernice M. Gross Prize for Literature, and two Emmys for his work as writer and coproducer of Stranded at the Corner, a feature-length documentary about the fight to save Detroit's Tiger Stadium.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Prologue: Instant Fame—or Flaming Gasoline 1

1 "We've Come to Fly the Atlantic" 6

2 "Where Does France Come In?" 23

3 "The Ace with the Wooden Leg" 35

4 The Fortune of the Air 54

5 Slim 80

6 Giuseppe, the Gypsy, and the Junk Man 92

7 Revving Up 101

8 Against the Prevailing Winds 111

9 Come to Earth 121

10 Little Silver Plane 132

11 Paris au Printemps 139

12 A Stout Heart Does Not Fear Death 149

13 Limbo 160

14 Hunting Dragons 169

15 We Two 184

16 "Vive l'Amérique!" 205

17 "Lindbergh Is Our Elijah" 218

18 Two More Across 233

19 The Atlantic No Longer Exists 246

Epilogue: Restless Spirits 264

Notes 274

Bibliography 297

Index 312

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ALinNY458 on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Aviation as we know it today started to come into shape in the 1920's. And the great leap forward, equivalent to the moon landing in 1969, was the race to be the first to fly non-stop across the Atlantic between New York and Paris. I am almost done reading [The Big Jump] by Richard Bak which tells the story of the race to claim the $25,000 Orteig Prize. As most everyone knows Charles Lindbergh was the winner but the book does not just focus on him. There was a bigger cast of characters trying to win the prize before Lindbergh. Six of them died making the attempt and on test flights. I find the courage of these men unimaginable today. Excellent history, well written. I recommend this book highly.