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Amelia Earhart: The Sound of Wings [Paperback]

Mary S. Lovell
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6 Aug 2009

When she disappeared in 1937 over a shark-infested sea, Amelia Earhart had lived up to her wish - internationally famous, a daring and pioneering aviator, and ambassador extraordinary for the United States. Married to a man with a genius for publicity, her life was crowded, demanding and adventurous.

Mary S. Lovell's superb biography examines a legend to reveal the pressures and influences that drove Amelia, and shows how her life, career and manner of death foreshadowed the tragedies and excesses of a media-dominated age.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; Film Tie-in Ed edition (6 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349121761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349121765
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary S. Lovell was an accountant and company director until she began writing in 1980 following a serious riding accident which left her temporarily disabled. Now an internationally acclaimed biographer, she has written best selling biographies of Beryl Markham, Amelia Earhart, Cynthia Pack, Jane Digby, Sir Richard and Isabel Burton, the Mitford sisters and Bess of Hardwick. Her latest biography is a family saga of the Churchills. Her books have been translated into foreign language editions, in French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Danish and Finnish. Her biography of Amelia Earhart was made into a movie starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere in 2010, and she has three further titles optioned for film treatments. Until 2011 she often led reader groups interested in Jane Digby around Syria to follow in the exciting footsteps of this favourite subject of hers. She has recently completed promotional tours in the USA and UK, and is now working on the final chapters of her first novel.

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** 'The inevitability of a great romantic tragedy . . . In this book the little things and the great mingle and somehow explain each other. This is what biographies are about (GUARDIAN)

** 'A private glimpse beneath the surface of public lives (THE TIMES)

** 'Vividly evokes the tragic aspect of Amelia Earhart, as well as the moxie and grit of her personality and the hair-raising atmosphere of pioneering aviation (NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW)

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* Reissue of the acclaimed biography of aviator Amelia Earhart

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5.0 out of 5 stars Captures the essence 5 Mar 2012
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This is a detailed account of Amelia Earhart and her flying career. There will undoubtedly be many contested details and disagreements about how accurate Mary Lovell's account is. If you are interested in the blow-by-blow description of actual flights, discussed in useful but not over-complicated detail, this is a good account to read. It seems that there are several different ideas of what the 'Earhart phenomenon' amounted to. Which is not surprising since she was at the centre of one of the earliest 'publicity campaigns' designed to 'brand' and market a personality and an image to suit public demand (in this case, the inter-war image of 'pioneering America'). Although this aspect is not dealt with at length in this book, it is nonetheless a well-written and fascinating account.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Where am I?" 17 April 2012
By Phil
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The words Amelia uttered when in 1932 she landed in a UK field after her solo Atlantic crossing. The man nearby was very accurate: "In Gallegher's pasture." -"Have you come far?" "From America," she replied, and stunned the Irishman. Here's the amazing story of the girl from Kansas who was determined to fly, and at a time when pilots were mostly brave, daring, and male. Many of them died in their far-from-perfect aircraft. Although AE was just one of the girls who flew in the 30s (Elinor Smith flew at age 16!) she was the most famous, being loved and supported by a powerful promoter, George Putnam, who made Amelia's ambitious adventures possible. The movie is partly taken from this book, but the book tells the whole story, over 400 pages of detail. Of course the final part of the world trip is fascinating - the Howland Island mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb read 12 Nov 2011
A few years ago, I researched details of Amelia as I was doing a marquetry portrait of her along with her plane and route for her Atlantic solo flight. As I had shown interest in her,a friend gave me a copy of the hardback version of Mary's book and I couldn't put it down! She has very cleverly included a biography of the fascinating George Putnam within the book, as from 1927 Amelia's life and fate was intrinsically linked with his. The author has not skimped on the early life of Amelia either, the details of this period also fascinating. The notes and appendices show how much research the author has done and how she incorporates fact and rumour into a very cohesive and accurate narrative.This is, however, not a dry factual account, but a lively, enjoyable read about one of the most charismatic of aviators - you can feel the warmth that the author has for her subject coming through. I have also reviewed the film "Amelia" and you can see my comments on that.
( I must also read some of Mary's other books! )
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