Daughter of the Air (inbunden)
Format
Inbunden (Hardback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
270
Utgivningsdatum
2013-09-30
Upplaga
Large type / large print ed
Förlag
Transaction Publishers
Illustrationer
black & white illustrations
Volymtitel
The Short Soaring Life of Cornelia Fort
Dimensioner
247 x 171 x 12 mm
Vikt
476 g
Antal komponenter
1
Komponenter
66:B&W 7 x 10 in or 254 x 178 mm Perfect Bound on White w/Gloss Lam
ISBN
9781560004615
Daughter of the Air (inbunden)

Daughter of the Air

The Short Soaring Life of Cornelia Fort

Inbunden Engelska, 2013-09-30
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In Daughter of the Air, Rob Simbeck paints a vivid portrait of Army pilot Cornelia Fort--a passionate, brave, intelligent, and charming woman--and provides insight into the political and social atmosphere of her era. He cites Fort's letters and diaries, various historical documents, and interviews of people who knew her personally and also flew with her. Cornelia Fort's (1919-1943) barrier-breaking life included membership in the first trained women's flight squadron, the WAFS. In a remarkable coincidence of fate, she was flying over Oahu on the morning of December 7, 1941, and was one of the few to witness the bombing of Pearl Harbor from the air. Her brief career was marked by the prejudices of the era toward women pilots. Raised on her parent's Nashville estate and educated at a prestigious finishing school, Fort cast off her role as a member of Southern aristocracy to become a pilot. She persevered in her courageous career despite rampant prejudice toward women, noting -because there were and are so many disbelievers in women pilots, especially in their place in the Army, all of us realized what a spot we were in. We had to deliver the goods or else.- Tragically, it was a male pilot's practical joke that clipped her wing and sent Fort into a fatal spin. This biography is a must read for historians, military specialists, or those interested in the role of women in the military.
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"This slim volume documents the U.S. Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, a group of pilots who delivered aircraft wherever they were needed in North America during World War II. Simbeck tells the story through Cornelia Fort, the Sarah Lawrence-educated Southern belle who was the second woman to enlist and the first to be killed in the line of duty. The text is thoroughly grounded in Fort's own words and in the recollections of her family and friends. . . . [T]his is an informally written, well-documented portrait of a fascinating, little-known figure." --Barbara Ann Hutcheson, Library Journal "Simbeck effectively captures the seriousness and dedication with which Fort and her colleagues approached flying, and the camaraderie that developed between them." --Publishers Weekly "[T]ouching and entertaining." --The Daily Oklahoman "It's a rare person whose life is worth a biography after having lasted just twenty-four years. But as the first woman pilot to die in the service of her country in World War II, Cornelia Fort certainly qualifies.... Rob Simbeck's interviews with women who flew with her and knew her well, along with his use of her ample letters and assiduously kept diary, present a chapter in the nation's history that has waited more than half a century to be told." --Julie Dear, The Washington Post "An unusual story of a gallant young spirit who loved her country and died in its service." --Kirkus Reviews "Far more than just a tale of a fascinating and rebellious woman. Daughter of the Air provides an accounting of issues that would give rise to the modern women's liberation movement as well as of the conflicts faced by the U.S. military over the presence of women in the ranks." --Willy Stern, Business Week "This slim volume documents the U.S. Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, a group of pilots who delivered aircraft wherever they were needed in North America during World War II. Simbeck tells the story through Cornelia Fort, the Sarah Lawrence-educated Southern belle who was the second woman to enlist and the first to be killed in the line of duty. The text is thoroughly grounded in Fort's own words and in the recollections of her family and friends. . . . [T]his is an informally written, well-documented portrait of a fascinating, little-known figure." --Barbara Ann Hutcheson, Library Journal "Simbeck effectively captures the seriousness and dedication with which Fort and her colleagues approached flying, and the camaraderie that developed between them." --Publishers Weekly "[T]ouching and entertaining." --The Daily Oklahoman "It's a rare person whose life is worth a biography after having lasted just twenty-four years. But as the first woman pilot to die in the service of her country in World War II, Cornelia Fort certainly qualifies.... Rob Simbeck's interviews with women who flew with her and knew her well, along with his use of her ample letters and assiduously kept diary, present a chapter in the nation's history that has waited more than half a century to be told." --Julie Dear, The Washington Post "An unusual story of a gallant young spirit who loved her country and died in its service." --Kirkus Reviews "Far more than just a tale of a fascinating and rebellious woman. Daughter of the Air provides an accounting of issues that would give rise to the modern women's liberation movement as well as of the conflicts faced by the U.S. military over the presence of women in the ranks." --Willy Stern, Business Week -This slim volume documents the U.S. Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, a group of pilots who delivered aircraft wherever they were needed in North America during World War II. Simbeck tells the story through Cornelia Fort, the Sarah Lawrence-educated Southern belle who was the second woman to enlist and the first to be ki

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Rob Simbeck is a Nashville, Tennessee-based writer whose papers have appeared in numerous periodicals and newspapers, including Rolling Stone, Nashville Scene, Field and Stream, Guideposts, Kansas Quarterly, and The Washington Post. He is also the author of 50 Seasons: A History of the Nashville Symphony and Tennessee State Symbols.