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

Hardcover | November 10, 2014

byKathleen C Winters

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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.

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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 port...

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.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.57 × 6.49 × 1.07 inPublished:November 10, 2014Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230616690

ISBN - 13:9780230616691

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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