Monday, July 21, 2008

August 2008

August 2008

Anne Morrow Lindbergh: First Lady of the Air by Kathleen C. Winters (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, ISBN: 9780230604117). Best known as the wife of legendary aviator Charles Lindbergh, Anne Morrow Lindbergh was an accomplished writer and pilot in her own right. Winters sets to restore Lindbergh to her rightful place in aviation history in this brilliantly researched and thorough biography.

Flight: 100 Years of Aviation by R.G. Grant (DK Adult, 2007, ISBN: 9780756619022). Produced in association with the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, this is like a flight museum sandwiched between two covers. Offering profiles of aviation heroes and inventors, the tome’s pages recount bombing raids and dogfights and showcase popular, pioneering or just plain weird designs (e.g., the part-plane, part-car Aerocar and the Caproni Ca 60 Transaero, an eight-engine triplane).

The All-American Boys by Walter Cunningham (iBooks, 2008, ISBN: 9781596873452). This is a no-holds-barred candid memoir by a former Marine jet jockey and physicist who became NASA’s second civilian astronaut. Cunningham presents the astronauts in all their glory in this dramatically revised and updated edition, and brings us into NASA’s training program.

Legends in the Air by Rod Lewis, et al (The Gathering Foundation Inc., 2007). Filled with thumbnail profiles of “those who flew and serviced the legendary P-51 Mustang” during wars and conflicts, this compact book depicts the stories of the 51 legendary aviators who participated in the historic Gathering of Mustangs & Legends Air Show on September 27–30, 2007.

The Airmen and the Headhunters: A True Story of Lost Soldiers, Heroic Tribesmen and the Unlikeliest Rescue of World War II by Judith M. Heimann (Harvest Books, 2008, ISBN: 9780156033251). Using detailed research and interviews with all of the surviving players, Heimann presents the story of two B-24 crews shot down over Borneo in November 1944 and January 1945. With the help of a local district official and Lun Dayeh (“headhunting”) tribesmen, the airmen survived in uncharted interior jungles, avoiding capture by occupying Japanese forces.


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