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From Nazi Test Pilot to Hitler's Bunker: The Fantastic Flights of Hanna Reitsch by [Piszkiewicz, Dennis]
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"The biography of this remarkable woman makes fascinating reading."-American Aviation Historical Society Newsletter

"'Stratosphere' was the nickname her classmates in flying school gave to Hanna Reitsch for her daring and often reckless exploits--caught up in a storm, she flew a glider higher than that plane had ever been flown before. In this fast-paced biography, Piszkiewicz charts the career of the diminutive (barely five feet tall) pilot who abandoned her medical studies in 1934 to concentrate on training as a pilot. Reitsch rose quickly to become a renowned test pilot and came to the attention of Hitler himself. One of the most dramatic moments in the book occurs when the outspoken Reitsch, as a meeting in Berchtesgaden, openly contradicts the Fuhrer."-Publishers Weekly

?The biography of this remarkable woman makes fascinating reading.?-American Aviation Historical Society Newsletter

?'Stratosphere' was the nickname her classmates in flying school gave to Hanna Reitsch for her daring and often reckless exploits--caught up in a storm, she flew a glider higher than that plane had ever been flown before. In this fast-paced biography, Piszkiewicz charts the career of the diminutive (barely five feet tall) pilot who abandoned her medical studies in 1934 to concentrate on training as a pilot. Reitsch rose quickly to become a renowned test pilot and came to the attention of Hitler himself. One of the most dramatic moments in the book occurs when the outspoken Reitsch, as a meeting in Berchtesgaden, openly contradicts the Fuhrer.?-Publishers Weekly

?Piszkiewicz presents the singular career of German test pilot Hanna Reitsch.... In spite of family opposition and the social climate, she pursued her love [of flying] and at one time held, unofficially, most of the glider endurance, range, and altitude records. Shifting to powered aircraft, she became one of the best-known women of the Third Reich... Her ability was outstanding, her political judgement less so, though her cultivation of top-ranking Nazis seems to have been done as much to secure mentors as to support Nazi ideology. Proof that historically 'lost' women come in all shapes, sizes, and political colorations, this biography is a worthwhile addition to the literature of aviation.?-Booklist

"Piszkiewicz presents the singular career of German test pilot Hanna Reitsch.... In spite of family opposition and the social climate, she pursued her love [of flying] and at one time held, unofficially, most of the glider endurance, range, and altitude records. Shifting to powered aircraft, she became one of the best-known women of the Third Reich... Her ability was outstanding, her political judgement less so, though her cultivation of top-ranking Nazis seems to have been done as much to secure mentors as to support Nazi ideology. Proof that historically 'lost' women come in all shapes, sizes, and political colorations, this biography is a worthwhile addition to the literature of aviation."-Booklist

About the Author

DENNIS PISZKIEWICZ was educated as a scientist and became interested in Hanna Reitsch while researching The Nazi Rocketeers (Praeger, 1995).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3541 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (25 Nov. 1997)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000TYWP5U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,052,171 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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One of the best and bravest women pilot of all time,tragic loss of her family at end of War Sadly remained a committed Nazi who saw no wrong in Hitler.
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As a book, it's not brilliant. The facts are there, but it doesn't really take off. There is no real sense of time and place. The incredible events are made rather dull by the author.

The subject of the book is (was) an extraordinary person, but not a likeable one. We expect our heros and heroine to be driven people, but the author of this book clearly does not like his subject and she comes across as selfish, and manipulative.
It's a shame, because her achievements were amazing.
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