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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (Sept. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312587333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312587338
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 807 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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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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(by E.M. Singer, author of "Mother Flies Hurricanes")This well-written, thoroughly researched biography of Amelia Earhart focuses more on her life than on her death, which is what she would have wanted anyway. It debunks certain time-held assumptions about Earhart's personal and professional life, and sheds new light on her character and relationships. Contrary to conventional wisdom, Lovell holds that Amelia's husband, George Putnam, was not a manipulative, self-aggrandizing promoter who drove her to her death. There was genuine affection and mutual respect in their marriage. Though their relationship was not free from tension and cross-purposes, Amelia drew inspiration and support from him to realize her dreams. A good chunk of Lovell's book is a biography of George himself, and don't skip it-he's a fascinating person in his own right. The Sound of Wings also presents a fascinating picture of Amelia's early years: her half-idyllic, half-traumatic childhood, and her desperate seeking for inner peace and a place in the world. The author expounds unsparingly, yet tenderly, on Amelia's flaws, demons, and scars. She also gives a clear-sighted and balanced assessment of the various theories for Earhart's disappearance, yet does not allow it to overshadow her life. For more recommendations on books about women pilots, visit the motherflieshurricanes[...] website.
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I've read a dozen or so biographies of Amelia Earhart, and Lovell's is by far the best. It is the most comprehensive, the most thoroughly researched, and best written of the lot. Lovell doesn't stoop to speculation or rumor in place of facts. Highly recommended.
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This well researched and intelligent book on Amelia Earhart makes a first class biography
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5eedcd8) out of 5 stars Enthralling April 8 2007
By KAH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have always wanted to read a biography of Amelia Earhart and, after searching various reviews, I learned that this biography is judged by many to be the best. I can wholeheartedly support this recommendation. Mary Lovell does an excellent job of 'getting under the skin' of both of her main characters: Amelia and George Putnam. She presents a completely fair and level-headed account of both of their lives allowing just enough commentrary into her narrative to enable one to conclude that, yes, maybe Amelia wasn't the best woman flier of her generation, but she was certainly the bravest. And, yes, she was pushed forward into the limelight by George but it was Amelia who wanted to be there in that limelight. I came away from this gripping narrative feeling alternately an enduring admiration for Amelia and her bravery, and an underlying pity for her because it seems to me that a lot of her drive arose from feelings of low self-worth arising from growing-up with a loser, alcoholic father. Maybe, like a lot of brave and famous people, she was driven to succeed by low feelings of self worth and was never really happy. That is a sad thought. In any event, she did a huge favour for the female sex in making them realize that their dreams could be realized. It was notable female figures like Amelia, along with the impact that the second world war had on women in the workforce, that changed the history of women forever.

A fascinating read - funny that this definitive account of an American female legend was presented by a British writer!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5eedd50) out of 5 stars An engaging look at a complex woman and the man she loved April 5 2003
By E.M. Singer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
(by E.M. Singer, author of "Mother Flies Hurricanes")This well-written, thoroughly researched biography of Amelia Earhart focuses more on her life than on her death, which is what she would have wanted anyway. It debunks certain time-held assumptions about Earhart's personal and professional life, and sheds new light on her character and relationships. Contrary to conventional wisdom, Lovell holds that Amelia's husband, George Putnam, was not a manipulative, self-aggrandizing promoter who drove her to her death. There was genuine affection and mutual respect in their marriage. Though their relationship was not free from tension and cross-purposes, Amelia drew inspiration and support from him to realize her dreams. A good chunk of Lovell's book is a biography of George himself, and don't skip it-he's a fascinating person in his own right. The Sound of Wings also presents a fascinating picture of Amelia's early years: her half-idyllic, half-traumatic childhood, and her desperate seeking for inner peace and a place in the world. The author expounds unsparingly, yet tenderly, on Amelia's flaws, demons, and scars. She also gives a clear-sighted and balanced assessment of the various theories for Earhart's disappearance, yet does not allow it to overshadow her life. For more recommendations on books about women pilots, visit the motherflieshurricanes[...] website.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa770c210) out of 5 stars MORE GOOD AMELIA MATERIAL! Aug. 29 2011
By Janniegirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
MY ADULT SON & I WERE GOING TO KANSAS CITY FOR THANKSGIVING AND WE DECIDED TO VISIT AMELIA'S BIRTHPLACE AND I WANTED TO READ UP ON HER
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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa770c138) out of 5 stars Best book I have read on the subject Sept. 5 2013
By eledavf Vivian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book holds the reader's interest on almost every page and gives a convincing understanding of Amelia Earhart's temperament as well as of her husband's. For the first time, I really got a clear understanding of the ambitious people they were and of the commercial background of their projects.

I had learned from other books that Amelia was not a born aviator and did not have the skill to really master a plane, especially such a large one as was used in her last flight. But this book made her deficiencies all too clear and they were considerable. She was careless about important facets such as navigation and communication, all of which played a part in her last terrible ordeal in the search for Howland Island. She could not shake her habit of pressing the wrong foot pedals when the plane pivots suddenly during a landing. Even to the end, her instructors could not break her of the habit. This no doubt accounts for some the crackups she experienced.

She was intrepid despite the fear she experienced during various accidents. Her courage is incontestable. But perhaps it went too far, into careless risk taking and an excess of ambition for title after title. However, that was her career. She made her living from adventure stories to be told on the lecture tours. And her husband George Putnam facilitated her increasingly ambitious efforts. I had never heard much good about Putnam and his pushing of his wife into risky endeavors. This book, though, is extremely favorable to him, often reiterating that he was simply facilitating what Amelia was determined to do.

I came away with a dislike of Putnam and his volatile temperament despite the virtues insisted upon by the author. As a minor point, I had not realized that he married again a year or two after Amelia's death.

I do not nor does the author believe that Amelia and the "forgotten" Noonan could have survived a plunge into the ocean from a thousand feet or so. There was a bulky piece of equipment protruding just in front of her head in a cabin space of four feet by four feet, all the space she had to sit in. A crash landing would have driven the insrument into her forehead at terrifying speed.

I came away with great respect for the instructors who guided Amelia through preparations for her various flights. Several were true masters of flying, more instinctive pilots than Amelia was. And they had real concern for her well being, for the radio capabilities and other arcane aspects of airplanes upon which her safety would depend. It is a pity that she ever began that last expedition (and the helpers and instructors probably would have concurred although they helped her as best they could when her mind was made up.) Her neglect and indifference in relation to methods of communication, just days before the adventure was to begin, reveal a tragic shortcoming in a heroic personality.

She was a product, in a sense, of the advertising skills first of various flight promoters (for commercial purposes) and then of her husband. Although there were other courageous and immensely skilled women flyers, some of whom, like Amelia, died tragically, she captured the public imagination like no others.

I have always liked Amelia Earhart. I pity her in those terrifying hours above the Pacific. I also believe her instinct to turn left instead of right played some part in causing her to miss Howland Island. (In Africa on the way out she had made the same turn and missed the place she was aiming for.) This book is for readers who want to understand how she came to be where she was, in the middle of an endless ocean searching desperately for a tiny island and knowing that her fuel was running out.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa770c294) out of 5 stars The Sound of Wings: The Life of Amelia Earhart Sept. 24 2011
By ronn356 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Mary S. Lovell has written a compelling and comprehensive look at one of the most enduring female figures in American social history. Whenever I ask female friends who their heroines are, Amelia is invariably at or near the top of any list. Therefore, to write a book about this remarkable woman that many consider one of the best bios on AE speaks volumes about the writer's ability to tell the story. The story of Amelia the aviatrix is a major thread in the book. But wait - there's more!

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.


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