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Fly girls : how five daring women defied all odds and made aviation history / Keith O'Brien.

O'Brien, Keith, 1973- author. (Author).
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  • 0 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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6 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library LARGE PRINT 920 OBR (Text) 33500013005129 New Checked out 10/03/2019
Moorhead Public Library LARGE PRINT 920 OBR (Text) 33500013005137 New Checked out 10/07/2019

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781432855840
  • ISBN: 1432855840
  • Physical Description: 589 pages (large print), 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm.
  • Edition: Large print edition.
  • Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018.

Content descriptions

General Note: Large print edition does not include index.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 487-586).
Formatted Contents Note: The miracle of Wichita -- Devotedly, Ruth -- Real and natural, every inch -- The fortune of the air -- The fairest of the brave and the bravest of the fair -- Flying salesgirls -- The right sort of girl -- City of destiny -- If this is to be a derby -- There is only one Cleveland -- Good eggs -- Mr. Putnam and me -- Law of fate -- Give a girl credit -- Grudge flight -- Spetakkel -- All things being equal -- That's what I think of wives flying -- They'll be in our hair -- Playing hunches -- A woman couldn't win -- The top of the hill.
Summary, etc.: Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi-day events, and cities vied with one another to host them. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully stared death in the face. Well, the men were hailed. Female pilots were more often ridiculed than praised for what the press portrayed as silly efforts to horn in on a manly, and deadly, pursuit. Keith O'Brien recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling: the entrenched prejudice that conspired to keep them out of the sky. O'Brien weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high-school dropout who worked for a dry cleaner in Fargo, North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorcee; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at the constraints of her blue-blood family's expectations; and Louise Thaden, the mother of two young kids who got her start selling coal in Wichita. Together, they fought for the chance to race against the men -- and in 1936, one of them would triumph in the toughest race of all.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 July #1
    Air races captivated the nation during the golden age of aviation in the 1920s and 1930s, and few participants drew more attention than the female pilots who challenged the male-dominated field. O'Brien focuses on five of those women: Ruth Elder, Ruth Nichols, Louise Thaden, Florence Klingensmith, and, of course, Amelia Earhart. In profiling these aviatrixes he explores their flying careers from the beginning, showing how varied their backgrounds and personal circumstance were and what attracted each of them to the sport of air racing. Drawing heavily from contemporaneous news reports, the author documents their achievements and setbacks as well as their sometimes complicated romantic relationships. The narrative flows easily from one subject to the next as O'Brien shifts between them, showing their competitive spirit and camaraderie even in the face of the trying circumstances of the first Women's Air Derby in 1929. Although Earhart's story has been recounted numerous times, the addition of the other female pilots makes for a more thorough and enjoyable read that should appeal to readers interested in history, aviation, and women's achievements. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Elder, Ruth, 1902-1977.
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937.
Klingensmith, Florence Gunderson, 1904-1933.
Nichols, Ruth, 1901-1960.
Thaden, Louise McPhetridge, 1905-1979.
Bendix Trophy Race (1936)
Airplane racing > United States.
Women air pilots > United States > Biography.
Air shows > United States > History.
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century.
Genre: Large type books.
Large type books.

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