Fly Girls by Keith O'Brien audiobook

Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History

By Keith O'Brien
Read by Erin Bennett

Highbridge Audio, HighBridge 9781328876645

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781684412587

  • ISBN: 9781684412587

Runtime: 12.23 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2018

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in aviation history

A Parade Magazine Pick of Must-Reads

A Time Magazine Pick of Best Books of Summer

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of Best Books Now in Paperback

A USA Today Pick of Weekend Reads for Book Lovers

A Bustle Pick of Must-Reads

A BookPage Top Pick of the Month

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. Fly Girls 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A riveting account that puts us in the cockpit with Amelia Earhart and other brave women who took to the skies in the unreliable flying machines of the ’20s and ’30s.” People
“These stories of Amelia Earhart and other female pilots who fought to fly.” Time
“Keith O’Brien has brought these women—mostly long-hidden and forgotten—back into the light where they belong. And he’s done it with grace, sensitivity and a cinematic eye for detail.” USA Today
“Exhilarating.” New York Times Book Review
“A fascinating chapter not just in feminism and aviation but in twentieth-century American history.” Wall Street Journal
“[An] engrossing mix of group biography and technology history.” Nature
“Narrator Erin Bennett’s clear, crisp articulation highlights the stories of five female pilots…Bennett reflects the author’s horror at the many accidents suffered by pilots over the years, as well as his indignation at the unfair treatment and prejudice aimed at female pilots. She speeds her presentation during races and the many scenes of fatal crashes, emphasizing the dangers. These moments contrast with the more contemplative stories of the women after ‘their time in the sky.’ This is an appealing title about strong women who were pioneers in their field.” AudioFile
“A vivid, suspenseful story of women determined to defy gravity—and men—to fulfill their lofty dreams.” Kirkus Reviews
“Spectacularly detailed…re-creat[es] a world that can still inspire us today.” BookPage
“This book has it all: adventure, tragedy, and heroes who overcame cruel prejudice to rule the air.” Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author

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Author

Author Bio: Keith O'Brien

Author Bio: Keith O'Brien

Keith O’Brien is an award-winning journalist, a former reporter for the Boston Globe, a regular contributor to National Public Radio and Politico, and a critically acclaimed author of books about dreams, Americana, and where the two meet. He has written for the New York Times Magazine and reported stories for This American Life. He was a 2017 finalist for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 12.23
Audience: Adult
Language: English