Amelia Earhart: The Turbulent Life of an American Icon: The Turbulent Life of an American Icon

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Amelia Earhart: The Turbulent Life of an American Icon: The Turbulent Life of an American Icon

by Kathleen C Winters

St. Martin's Press | November 10, 2014 | Hardcover

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When Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific in 1937, she was at the height of her fame. Fascination with Earhart remains just as strong today, as her mysterious disappearance continues to inspire speculation. In this nuanced and often surprising biography, acclaimed aviation historian Kathleen C. Winters moves beyond the caricature of the spunky, precocious pilot to offer a more complex portrait. Drawing on a wealth of contemporary accounts, airline records, and other original research, this book reveals a flawed heroine who was frequently reckless and lacked basic navigation skills, but who was also a canny manipulator of mass media. Winters details how Earhart and her husband, publisher George Putnam, worked to establish her as an international icon, even as other spectacular pilots went unnoticed. Sympathetic yet unsentimental, this biography helps us to see Amelia Earhart with fresh eyes.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9.57 × 6.49 × 1.07 in

Published: November 10, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0230616690

ISBN - 13: 9780230616691

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Amelia Earhart: The Turbulent Life of an American Icon: The Turbulent Life of an American Icon

by Kathleen C Winters

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9.57 × 6.49 × 1.07 in

Published: November 10, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0230616690

ISBN - 13: 9780230616691

About the Book

"When Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific in 1937, she was at the height of her fame. Fascination with Earhart remains just as strong today, as her mysterious disappearance continues to inspire speculation. In this nuanced and often surprising biography, acclaimed aviation historian Kathleen C. Winters moves beyond the caricature of the spunky, precocious pilot to offer a more complex portrait. Drawing on a wealth of contemporary accounts, airline records, and other original research, this book reveals a flawed heroine who was frequently reckless and lacked basic navigation skills, but who was also a canny manipulator of mass media. Winters details how Earhart and her husband, publisher George Putnam, worked to establish her as an international icon, even as other spectacular pilots went unnoticed. Sympathetic yet unsentimental, this biography helps us to see Amelia Earhart with fresh eyes"--Provided by publisher.

Table of Contents

March 27, 1937 * Heritage * Childhood, 1900-1913 * On the Move, 1913-1920 * Flying Lessons, 1920-1924 * Boston, 1924-1928 * The Invitation * To Trepassey * Across the Atlantic * The Heroine * The Vagabond * Off and Running, 1928-1929 * The Derby * Breaking Records, 1929-1930 * Marriage, 1930-1931 * The Fun of It, 1931-1932 * Celebrity, 1932-1935 * Over the Pacific * Detours, 1935-1937 * The Idea * Preparations * The Final Flight

From the Publisher

When Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific in 1937, she was at the height of her fame. Fascination with Earhart remains just as strong today, as her mysterious disappearance continues to inspire speculation. In this nuanced and often surprising biography, acclaimed aviation historian Kathleen C. Winters moves beyond the caricature of the spunky, precocious pilot to offer a more complex portrait. Drawing on a wealth of contemporary accounts, airline records, and other original research, this book reveals a flawed heroine who was frequently reckless and lacked basic navigation skills, but who was also a canny manipulator of mass media. Winters details how Earhart and her husband, publisher George Putnam, worked to establish her as an international icon, even as other spectacular pilots went unnoticed. Sympathetic yet unsentimental, this biography helps us to see Amelia Earhart with fresh eyes.

About the Author

Kathleen C. Winters was an aviation historian, licensed pilot, and author of the critically acclaimed Anne Morrow Lindbergh: First Lady of the Air. A resident of St. Paul, Minnesota, she passed away in August of 2010.

Editorial Reviews

“In this insightful biography, Winters looks at Earhart’s achievements and, perhaps more significantly, the influence of her husband, George Palmer Putnam, who promoted her tirelessly and ‘catapulted her to fame’ by helping with fundraising and setting up book deals and speaking engagements. She avoids romanticizing Earhart and points out her personal short-comings, such as an occasional reluctance to prepare properly for excursions. But Winters still believes equipment failure was just as responsible for Earhart’s ill-fated final flight in 1937 as the pilot’s insufficiencies. In so doing, she paints a fair picture of the famous woman aviator that so successfully captured the American imagination.”— Publishers Weekly   “In this biography…Kathleen C. Winters chooses to disregard the afterlife.  She focuses on Earhart’s surprising lack of technical skill and flight experience, drawing on her own experience as a pilot, and on contemporary opinion. Fascinating reading.”— The Times Literary Supplement   "Succinctly lays out the facts of Amelia Earhart''s remarkable story from ''a pilot''s perspective'' . . . The author''s knowledge of aviation history renders this a proficient chronicle of women in flight."-- Kirkus Reviews “Winters follows her biography Anne Morrow Lindbergh (2006) with a refreshing look at Earhart. Resisting tabloid tales, Winters focuses on responsible accounts an
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