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The Big Jump: Lindbergh and the Great Atlantic Air Race (edition 2011)

by Richard Bak

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Title:The Big Jump: Lindbergh and the Great Atlantic Air Race
Authors:Richard Bak
Info:Wiley (2011), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 336 pages
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Excellent book. Although more time is spent on Lindbergh than any other single competitor, it is a comprehensive look at all the attempts to cross the Atlantic from the start of the age of flight. ( )
  jztemple | Dec 3, 2012 |
Aviation as we know it today started to come into shape in the 1920's. And the great leap forward, equivalent to the moon landing in 1969, was the race to be the first to fly non-stop across the Atlantic between New York and Paris. I am almost done reading [The Big Jump] by Richard Bak which tells the story of the race to claim the $25,000 Orteig Prize. As most everyone knows Charles Lindbergh was the winner but the book does not just focus on him. There was a bigger cast of characters trying to win the prize before Lindbergh. Six of them died making the attempt and on test flights. I find the courage of these men unimaginable today. Excellent history, well written. I recommend this book highly. ( )
  ALinNY458 | Aug 12, 2011 |
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The trans-Atlantic air race of 1927 and the flight that made Charles Lindbergh a hero

The race to make the first nonstop flight between the New York and Paris attracted some of the most famous and seasoned aviators of the day, yet it was the young and lesser known Charles Lindbergh who won the $25,000 Orteig Prize in 1927 for his history-making solo flight in the Spirit of St. Louis. Drawing on many previously overlooked sources, Bak offers a fresh look at the personalities that made up this epic air race – a deadly competition that culminated in one of the twentieth century's most thrilling personal achievements and turned Charles Lindbergh into the first international hero of the modern age.Examines the extraordinary life and cultural impact of Charles Lindbergh, one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, and his legendary trans-Atlantic flight that captured the world's imaginationExplores the romance of flying during aviation's Golden Age of the 1920s, the enduring mystique of the aviator, and rapid technological advances that made for a paradigm shift in human perception of the worldFilled with colorful characters from early aviation history, including Charles Nungesser, Igor Sikorsky, René Fonck, Richard Byrd, and Paul Tarascon

History and the imagination take flight in this gripping account of high-flying adventure, in which a group of courageous men tested the both limits of technology and the power of nature in pursuit of one of mankind's boldest dreams.

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"The trans-Atlantic air race of 1927 and the flight that made Charles Lindbergh a hero. The race to make the first nonstop flight between the New York and Paris attracted some of the most famous and seasoned aviators of the day, yet it was the young and lesser known Charles Lindbergh who won the $25,000 Orteig Prize in 1927 for his history-making solo flight in the Spirit of St. Louis. Drawing on many previously overlooked sources, Bak offers a fresh look at the personalities that made up this epic air race--a deadly competition that culminated in one of the twentieth century's most thrilling personal achievements and turned Charles Lindbergh into the first international hero of the modern age... Examines the extraordinary life and cultural impact of Charles Lindbergh, one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, and his legendary trans-Atlantic flight that captured the world's imagination. Explores the romance of flying during aviation's Golden Age of the 1920s, the enduring mystique of the aviator, and rapid technological advances that made for a paradigm shift in human perception of the world. Filled with colorful characters from early aviation history, including Charles Nungesser, Igor Sikorsky, Rene Fonck, Richard Byrd, and Paul Tarascon. History and the imagination take flight in this gripping account of high-flying adventure, in which a group of courageous men tested the both limits of technology and the power of nature in pursuit of one of mankind's boldest dreams"--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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