The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking

The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking

by Brendan I. Koerner


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307886118
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 06/17/2014
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 388,870
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

BRENDAN I. KOERNER is a contributing editor at Wired and the author of Now the Hell Will Start, which was optioned by filmmaker Spike Lee. A former columnist for both The New York Times and Slate, he was named one of Columbia Journalism Review’s “Ten Young Writers on the Rise." Visit and follow him at @brendankoerner.

Table of Contents

Prelude 1
1. “Keep Smiling” 3
2. Coos Bay 12
3. “I Don’t Want to Be an American Anymore” 35
4. Sweet Black Angel 58
5. “I’m Here and I Exist” 67
6. Operation Sisyphus 86
7. “There Are Weathermen Among You” 105
8. “Can’t You Get a Chopper?” 126
9. “It’s All a Lie” 136
10. The Choice 144
11. “We Are Going to Be Friends” 160
12. “My Only Bomb Is My Human Heart” 171
13. “How Do You Resign from a Revolution?” 189
14. “The Olympics Wasn’t Anything” 203
15. “Monsieur Lecanuet, Anyone Can Steal . . .” 216
16. Omega 234
17. Tweety Bird 243
18. Erased 261
Acknowledgments 275
Notes 277
Index 309

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The Skies Belong to Us is one of the most exciting, fascinating, best books I've read this year.  It recreates a time when American skyjackings were so common – and casual – that they occurred every week, and brings you into the thrilling heart of one of the most audacious hijackings in history.  I couldn't stop reading, and what's most amazing is that it's all true.”
Charles Duhigg, author of the bestselling The Power of Habit

“Brendan I. Koerner has turned an odd, nearly forgotten aerial-hijacking episode into an astonishing, hilarious, and un-put-downable true-crime narrative. I had no idea that any story could connect the Eldridge Cleaver of the Sixties with the TSA miseries of today's air travel, but The Skies Belong to Us does that and much more. This is a marvelously entertaining, instructive, and humane book.”
James Fallows, author of China Airborne
“Besides being a can't-put-it-down page-turner and an evocative recollection of a forgotten slice of history, The Skies Belong To Us feels uncannily relevant today in its depiction of how political forces can impede rational solutions to criminal violence.” – Benjamin Wallace, author of The Billionaire’s Vinegar

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The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book ended up being much more interesting than I originally thought it would be. The story is about a specific couple and their lives leading up to and after they complete a hijacking. Their story is not what kept my attention, it was the the overview of the hijacking era that I found to be fascinating. I had no idea how prevalent hijackings were during this time period and enjoyed reading a little snapshot into some specific stories throughout the time period. It was also interesting to see how airport security practices progressed only after a significant amount of time and hijackings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a book I couldn't put down.  A suspenseful combination of facts about the history of skyjacking and  fictional insights into an odd interracial couple (Holder / Kerlow) who skyjacked  to "free Angela Davis"  (who didn't want anything to do with them).  Leading up to, but not including 911, this exciting rendering of the madness of skyjacking would be extremely funny (no skyjacker ever walked away with a ransom) if it wasn't so  frighteningly insane.
SunshineFS More than 1 year ago
It was a good story but a lot about other hijacking
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this a great read about an intricate piece of history. Well written and pertanent to our world today. Thank you to the author.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usually with books like this (this kind of topic anyway) the author, often times, can't see the forest for the trees. Authors know their stories so well that they innundate the readers with extra trivia and minute details and these bog the reader down and make for boring reads. That's not the case here. Mr Koerner does a fantastic job of weaving together loads of facts and trivia about many different highjackings and all the while keeping the reader wanting to know what happens with two specific people. The story was interesting and told very, very well. I look forward to what more stories this guy has to tell.