Friday, 6 July 2012

Atlantic Fever : Lindbergh, his competitors and the race to cross the Atlantic

New on our shelves, here's one for biography & history fans, also anyone interested in aviation.

"A fast-paced, dynamic account of the race to cross the Atlantic, and the larger-than-life personalities of the aviators who captured the world's attention.  In 1919, a prize of $25,000 was offered to the first aviator to cross the Atlantic in either direction between France and America. Although it was one of the most coveted prizes in the world, it sat unclaimed (not without efforts) for eight long years, until the spring of 1927. It was then, during five incredibly tense weeks, that one of those magical windows in history opened, when there occurred a nexus of technology, innovation, character, and spirit that led so many contenders (from different parts of the world) to all suddenly be on the cusp of the exact same achievement at the exact same time.

Atlantic Fever is about the race; it is a milestone in American history whose story has never been fully told. Richard Byrd, Noel Davis, Stanton Wooster, Clarence Chamberlin, Charles Levine, Rene; Fonck, Charles Nungesser, and François Coli--all had equal weight in the race with Charles Lindbergh. Although the story starts in September 1926 with the crash of the first competitor, or even further back with the 1919 establishment of the prize, its heart is found in a short period, those five weeks from April 14 to May 21, 1927, when the world held its breath and the aviators met their separate fates in the air."  Provided by publisher.

Author Jo Jackson was a finalist for the 2002 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime: Dead Run: The Shocking Story of Dennis Stockton and Life on Death Row in America.

He was an investigative reporter for the Virginian-Pilot newspaper and writer-in-residence at the James Thurber House in 2001.  Read more on the author's website

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