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Daughter of the Air: The Short Soaring Life of Cornelia Fort - Transaction large print (Hardback)
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Daughter of the Air: The Short Soaring Life of Cornelia Fort - Transaction large print (Hardback)

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Hardback 270 Pages / Published: 30/09/2013
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Cornelia Fort's (1919-1943) barrier-breaking life included membership in the first trained women's flight squadron, the WAFS. Her brief career was marked by prejudices of the era toward women pilots. This is a portrait of her life, and an insight into the political and social atmosphere then.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781560004615
Number of pages: 270
Weight: 449 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 14 mm
Edition: Large type / large print edition


MEDIA REVIEWS

"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 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

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