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America from the Air: An Aviator's Story (American Land Classics) Paperback – May 6, 2004
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"A joyous, wonderful book. Beginning with his own visceral passion for flying, Wolfgang Langewiesche leads the lay reader effortlessly into the arcane world of the pilot―first as he learns to fly, then as he learns to look. The writing is unobtrusively elegant, and the book is a page-turner of the first order. Langewiesche looks at flying in all sorts of ways: as a skill, painfully to be learned on the antique crates of the post-Wright Brothers years, as an art to be mastered, as an experience in psychology and emotion―and as a new way of looking at the earth."(Peirce Lewis, Emeritus Professor of Geography, The Pennsylvania State University)
"Here Wolfgang Langeweische, master of aviation writing, reminds us of flying's wonders: learning, seeing, feeling and the joys that are still there, despite today's complications. A book for all pilots to read."(Bob Buck, author of Weather Flying and North Star Over My Shoulder)
"The heart of the work is in Langewiesche's sensitive, descriptive prose, which will keep readers―both veterans and newcomers―entranced"(Sport Aviation)
"[Langewiesche] introduced Americans to their own environment as seen from the air, combining his love for the coasts, farms, and plains of his adopted country with his love for flying slightly over them."(Reference and Research Book News)
About the Author
Wolfgang Langewiesche (1907-2002) was born in Düsseldorf in 1907 and emigrated to the United States in 1929 after studying at the London School of Economics. He earned a master's degree in economics from Columbia University and proceeded to the University of Chicago as a doctoral candidate and research assistant in political science. He worked as a test pilot as well as a writer and editor, contributing to numerous publications including Life and the Saturday Evening Post. Drake Hokanson is an author, photographer, pilot, and assistant professor of mass communications at Winona State University. Carol Kratz is an author, editor, pilot, educator, and physician assistant. William Langewiesche is a national correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly and the author of four books, including American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center.
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Well written and a pleasure to read. A perfect description of a lying era.