The Sound of Wings: The Life of Amelia Earhart Paperback – Sep 1 2009
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“Vividly evokes the tragic aspect of Amelia Earhart, as well as the moxie and grit of her personality and the hair-raising atmosphere of pioneering aviation.” ―New York Times Book Review
“The most carefully researched Earhart biography to date.” ―The Boston Herald
“A realistic, full-bodied portrait.” ―Booklist
“A monumental biography - Mary Lovell is the real thing: a biographer passionately interested in her subjects. She realises her material and retells with tremendous verve all the best stories.” ―The Times (UK)
About the Author
Mary S. Lovell is author of the international bestselling biography Straight on Till Morning: The Biography of Beryl Markham and other acclaimed biographies on Sir Richard Burton, Jane Digby, the Mitford Girls, Betty "Cynthia Pack", and Bess of Hardwick. She lives in Hampshire, England.
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STORY AND HER TERRIBLE LOSS. VISITING THE MUSEUM WAS A TRUE EXPERIENCE, WE WERE THE ONLY VISITORS AND IT WAS AMAZING. SHE WAS AN AMAZING WOMAN,
SO VERY FAR AHEAD OF HER TIME AND ITS SAD TO THINK SHE COULD HAVE CHANGED WOMENS' EXPERIENCE HAD SHE LIVED LONGER. WHO KNOWS WHAT SHE COULD HAVE ACCOMPLISHED. A MUST READ FOR THE AMELIA LOVER!
Lovell's well-researched approach shows up in her coverage of Amelia and the people in her life, Earhart's dedication to important and meaningful humanistic causes, and AE's decisions that set the fateful path for her short adult life - all of these pieces add up to a very complete picture of Amelia Earhart. This book is an inspiring read - recommended!
=Ronald D. Sieber, Ed.D.
Authoress did remarkable exposition in her comprehensive biography of AE, an American Sweetheart, Legend & Icon who was adventuress, feminist/equalist and Aviatrix emanting great charisma, liveliness and goodness.
This lengthy treatise was thoughtfully divided into three sections: I - Amelia Mary Earhart, II - George Palmer Putnam, & III - Amelia and George. Of many books written on AE, this is certainly the most comprehensive of all- dealing thoroughly with her early formative years, her years of maturation & adventure, marriage, etc. and finally a review of her disappearance and of the diverse theories suggested thereof.
A book of this tenor is obviously one written with great passion, and thoughtfullness after thorough research, explaining in part why it remained on NY Times bestseller list for 12 weeks. Just the selection of well-reproduced photographs is, by itself, superb - many not having been previously seen, some cloistered in private collections where access in not universal nor open to the uninvited. To her credit, the writer was able to open many doors at an opportune time, for now many of the players have perished - including the principals who played leading roles in this now legendary story.
The book covered Amelia Earhart's life from birth to her ill-fated final journey.
Amelia Earhart was instrumental in introducing women to flying and taking them out of their 2nd class citizenry.
The author sparred no details and captured what life was like in those times. The flying pioneer's life was chronicled with all of her loves and her refusal to accept 2nd best.
Her husband, George Putnam, was given (rightly) the credit for making Amelia Earhart a household name.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written, all inclusive biography.