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S.C. Gwynne is a journalist who worked for Time and Texas Monthly. He has written several books including Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History and Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of show more Stonewall Jackson. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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A history of rigid airships, assembled around the story of one of the many great disasters that befell them. Not really all that well-written, but a fascinating subject. The history of these airships is somewhat neglected because they lost out to airplanes but at one time they were considered serious competitors. The history spans decades, from the pre-WWI era right through to the Hindenburg disaster around the start of WWII.

Airships are experiencing something of a revival; a Spanish company has ordered ten from a British company located in or near Cardington.… (more)
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themulhern | 3 other reviews | Mar 3, 2024 |
The history in this book is extremely well-researched and informative. It is a serious history book and reads as such, but I appreciated that. I learned a great deal about not only the Comanches but other Plains Indian tribes and their troubled history with the US in the 1800s. It took me quite some time to read, but it was worth it.
 
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hobbitprincess | 105 other reviews | Feb 11, 2024 |
What an excellent look at both sides of a fascinating part of U.S. history! Whether your ancestors were settlers or Native Americans, you may not be particularly proud of your heritage. There is a heavy cringe factor when reading how people treated people. There are also remarkable feats that have few parallels today.
 
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dlinnen | 105 other reviews | Feb 3, 2024 |
Highly recommended! You know that this ship is going down, but each chapter before the denouement is basically about a different reason that airships were never going to do what their proponents wanted because of unresolvable engineering problems. This story is also about British attempts to use technology to shorten distances between imperial outposts and thus enhance their control, which contributed to their unwillingness to press pause on the airship program.
 
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