Sky Rivals

Sky Rivals

by Adam L. Penenberg

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BN ID: 2940157941079
Publisher: Wayzgoose Press
Publication date: 01/30/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Adam L. Penenberg is a journalism professor at New York University who has written for Fast Company, Forbes, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Wired, Slate, Playboy, and the Economist. A former senior editor at Forbes and a reporter for Forbes.com, Penenberg garnered national attention in 1998 for unmasking serial fabricator Stephen Glass of the New Republic. Penenberg's story was a watershed for online investigative journalism and portrayed in the film Shattered Glass (Steve Zahn plays Penenberg).

Penenberg has published several books that have been optioned for film and serialized in the New York Times Magazine, Wired UK, and the Financial Times, and won a Deadline Club Award for feature reporting for his Fast Company story "Revenge of the Nerds," which looked at the future of movie-making. He has appeared on NBC's The Today Show as well as on CNN and all the major news networks, and has been quoted about media and technology in the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Wired News, Ad Age, Marketwatch, Politico, and many others.

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Sky Rivals 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
I am not a big fan of non-fiction, but am trying to read more. This book was offered to me to read by the author through Netgalley so I thought I would give it a try. This was not a long book, but it was filled with a lot of information about two now forgotten aviation pioneers, Wiley Post and Jimmie Mattern. They were rivals racing to be the first person to fly around the world solo. I had no knowledge of these men or what they had done. The book begins with Wiley Post and Harold Gatty landing at Roosevelt Field being the first around the world flight. From there the stories of others involved in aviation are told and the race to solo around the world is presented. There were some people involved in this race around the world that I was not aware of such as Will Rogers. The story was engaging and told in language that allowed me to understand the issues that were presented, especially when planes crashed and had to be repaired on the fly. If you enjoy reading about aviation pioneers and how they solved sometimes almost insurmountable problems, such as crashing in Siberia, flying blind through fog without instruments, then you will enjoy this book. There are some great illustrations at the end showing many of the people in the book with their planes.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Get ready to loop the loop and fly sky high in this enthralling story of the race to be the first pilot to circumnavigate the world. Events are related in an easy to get lost in manner, making this a real page turner, packed with information about the people and events. The two main stars of this historic race are Wiley Post and Jimmy Mattern, both of whom are very colourful characters in their own rights and they are brought back to life in the pages of this book. This is not a dry, fact filled book, it is one which shares the background information in an engaging manner, keeping the reader wanting to learn more about what happens next. The author’s interest and intrigue is apparent throughout the book and his writing style encourages readers to share his love for the characters and events involved in these historic events. I don’t often read non-fiction novels like this but this is certainly one I have no hesitation in highly recommending. I was gifted a copy of this book by Wayzgoose Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.