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Without a Trace: 1881-1968
by Sylvia Wrigley

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English

Pages

212

Publication Date

March 07, 2018

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True Stories of Aircraft and Passengers Who Disappeared Into Thin Air<br />For many, aviation still brings with it an air of mystery, a century-long magic trick. Though most of us will board an aircraft at some point in our lives, we know little about how they work and the procedures surrounding their operation. It is that mystery that makes these losses, such as the vanishing of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, so terrifying.<br />Without a Trace explores the most interesting of these disappearances: mysteries that have baffled investigators for years. Occasionally tragic, frequently amusing, Without a Trace is unerringly accurate and informative.<br />The two Without a Trace volumes span 150 years and explore mysteries from around the world. This is volume one, beginning just before the golden age of aviation with a manned balloon swept over the English Channel, and ending with a top-secret spy plane disappearing at the height of the cold war. Each case is laid out in rich detail and presented chronologically, highlighting the historical context, official accident reports and contemporary news surrounding each mystery.<br />Where did they go?<br /><br />Sylvia Wrigley introduces the crews, innocent bystanders and rescuers in this collection of true stories. Documenting the popular theories from each case, she uses her knowledge and experience as a pilot and an aviation journalist to demystify aviation jargon and narrow down each disappearance to the most likely explanations.<br />This collection takes a hard look at the human failings of great aviators, explorers and celebrities who have pushed the limits of flight and ended up at the heart of a mystery. The stories encompass airships, military jets and commercial airlines - all of which have vanished without a trace.<br />
Island of the Lost: An Extraordinary Story of Survival at the Edg...
by Joan Druett

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English

Pages

299

Publication Date

June 08, 2007

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Auckland Island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand. With year-round freezing rain and howling winds, it is one of the most forbidding places in the world. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death.<br /> <br /> In 1864 Captain Thomas Musgrave and his crew of four aboard the schooner <em>Grafton</em> wreck on the southern end of the island. Utterly alone in a dense coastal forest, plagued by stinging blowflies and relentless rain, Captain Musgrave鈥攔ather than succumb to this dismal fate鈥攊nspires his men to take action. With barely more than their bare hands, they build a cabin and, remarkably, a forge, where they manufacture their tools. Under Musgrave's leadership, they band together and remain civilized through even the darkest and most terrifying days.<br /> <br /> Incredibly, at the same time on the opposite end of the island鈥攖wenty miles of impassable cliffs and chasms away鈥攖he <em>Invercauld</em> wrecks during a horrible storm. Nineteen men stagger ashore. Unlike Captain Musgrave, the captain of the <em>Invercauld</em> falls apart given the same dismal circumstances. His men fight and split up; some die of starvation, others turn to cannibalism. Only three survive. Musgrave and all of his men not only endure for nearly two years, they also plan their own astonishing escape, setting off on one of the most courageous sea voyages in history.<br /> <br /> Using the survivors' journals and historical records, award-winning maritime historian Joan Druett brings this extraordinary untold story to life, a story about leadership and the fine line between order and chaos.
Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviatio...
by Keith O'Brien

Language

English

Pages

384

Publication Date

August 07, 2018

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A <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller * An Amazon Best Book of the Year * A <i>New York Times Book Review</i> Editors鈥?Choice * A <i>Time</i> Best Book for Summer<br /> 聽<br /> Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. While male pilots were lauded as heroes, the few women who dared to fly were more often ridiculed鈥攗ntil a cadre of women pilots banded together to break through the entrenched prejudice.<br /><br /><i>Fly Girls</i> weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high school dropout from Fargo, North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorc茅e; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at her blue blood family鈥檚 expectations; and Louise Thaden, the young mother of two who got her start selling coal in Wichita. Together, they fought for the chance to fly and race airplanes鈥攁nd in 1936, one of them would triumph, beating the men in the toughest air race of them all.
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing

Language

English

Pages

292

Publication Date

April 29, 2014

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<b>The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age.</b><br /> <br />In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the <i>Endurance </i>and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day's sail short of its destination, the <i>Endurance </i>became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men. When their ship was finally crushed between two ice floes, they attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic's heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization.<br /> <br />In <i>Endurance</i>, the definitive account of Ernest Shackleton's fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.<br />
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
by Erik Larson

Language

English

Pages

450

Publication Date

March 10, 2015

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<b>#1 New York Times Bestseller<br /><br />From the聽bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the <i>Lusitania</i></b><br /><br />On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the <i>Lusitania</i> was one of the era鈥檚 great transatlantic 鈥淕reyhounds鈥濃€攖he fastest liner then in service鈥攁nd her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack.聽<br /><br />Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of <i>Unterseeboot</i>-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger鈥檚 U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the <i>Lusitania</i> made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small鈥攈ubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more鈥攁ll converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.<br /><br /> It is a story that many of us think we know but don鈥檛, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, <i>Dead Wake</i> brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love.聽<br /><br /> Gripping and important, <i>Dead Wake</i> captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.
The Wright Brothers
by David McCullough

Language

English

Pages

337

Publication Date

May 05, 2015

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The #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller from David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize鈥攖he dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly鈥擶ilbur and Orville Wright.<br /><br />On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two brothers鈥攂icycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio鈥攃hanged history. But it would take the world some time to believe that the age of flight had begun, with the first powered machine carrying a pilot.<br /> <br />Orville and Wilbur Wright were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity. When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education and little money never stopped them in their mission to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off, they risked being killed.<br /> <br />In this 鈥渆njoyable, fast-paced tale鈥?(<i>The Economist</i>), master historian David McCullough 鈥渟hows as never before how two Ohio boys from a remarkable family taught the world to fly鈥?(<i>The Washington Post) </i>and 鈥渃aptures the marvel of what the Wrights accomplished鈥?(<i>The Wall Street Journal</i>). He draws on the extensive Wright family papers to profile not only the brothers but their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them. Essential reading, this is 鈥渁 story of timeless importance, told with uncommon empathy and fluency鈥bout what might be the most astonishing feat mankind has ever accomplished鈥?lt;i>The Wright Brothers</i> soars鈥?(<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>).
Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and th...
by Rachel Slade

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English

Pages

391

Publication Date

May 01, 2018

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<p><strong>WINNER OF THE MAINE LITERARY AWARD FOR NON FICTION</strong></p><p><strong>NATIONAL BESTSELLER</strong></p><p><strong>A <em>NEW YORK TIMES </em>NOTABLE BOOK</strong></p><p><strong>AN NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR</strong></p><p><strong>ONE OF JANET MASLIN鈥橲 MUST-READ BOOKS OF THE SUMMER</strong></p><p><strong>A <em>NEW YORK TIMES</em> EDITOR'S CHOICE</strong></p><p><strong>ONE OF <em>OUTSIDE</em> MAGAZINE鈥橲 BEST BOOKS OF THE SUMMER</strong></p><p><strong>ONE OF AMAZON'S BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR SO FAR</strong></p><p><strong>鈥淎 powerful and affecting story, beautifully handled by Slade, a journalist who clearly knows ships and the sea.鈥濃€擠ouglas Preston, <em>New York Times Book Review</em></strong></p><p><strong>鈥淎聽<em>Perfect Storm聽</em>for a new generation.鈥?lt;/strong><br />鈥?lt;strong>Ben Mezrich, bestselling author of <em>The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook</em></strong></p><p></p><p></p><p>On October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin barreled into the Bermuda Triangle and swallowed the聽container ship <em>El Faro</em><em>聽</em>whole, resulting in the worst American shipping disaster in thirty-five years. No one could fathom how a vessel equipped with satellite communications, a sophisticated navigation system, and cutting-edge weather forecasting could suddenly vanish鈥攗ntil now.</p><p>Relying on hundreds of exclusive interviews with family members and maritime experts, as well as the words of the crew members themselves鈥攚hose conversations were captured by the ship鈥檚 data recorder鈥攋ournalist Rachel Slade unravels the mystery of the sinking of <em>El Faro.</em><em>聽</em>As she recounts the final twenty-four hours onboard, Slade vividly depicts the officers鈥?anguish and fear as they struggled to carry out Captain Michael Davidson鈥檚 increasingly bizarre commands, which, they knew, would steer them straight into the eye of the storm. Taking a hard look at America's aging merchant marine fleet, Slade also reveals the truth about modern shipping鈥攁 cut-throat industry plagued by razor-thin profits and ever more violent hurricanes fueled by global warming.</p><p>A richly reported account of a singular tragedy,聽<em>Into the Raging Sea聽</em>takes us into the heart of an age-old American industry, casting new light on the hardworking men and women who paid the ultimate price in the name of profit.</p><p></p><p></p>
Bringing Columbia Home: The Untold Story of a Lost Space Shuttle ...
by , Jonathan H. Ward

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English

Pages

400

Publication Date

January 23, 2018

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<b>Voted the Best Space Book of 2018 by the Space Hipsters</b><br /><br /><b>The dramatic inside story of the epic search and recovery operation after the Columbia space shuttle disaster.</b><br /><br /> On February 1, 2003, <i>Columbia</i> disintegrated on reentry before the nation鈥檚 eyes, and all seven astronauts aboard were lost. Author Mike Leinbach, Launch Director of the space shuttle program at NASA鈥檚 John F. Kennedy Space Center was a key leader in the search and recovery effort as NASA, FEMA, the FBI, the US Forest Service, and dozens more federal, state, and local agencies combed an area of rural east Texas the size of Rhode Island for every piece of the shuttle and her crew they could find. Assisted by hundreds of volunteers, it would become the largest ground search operation in US history. This comprehensive account is told in four parts: <ul><li>Parallel Confusion</li><li>Courage, Compassion, and Commitment</li><li>Picking Up the Pieces</li><li>A Bittersweet Victory</li></ul> For the first time, here is the definitive inside story of the <i>Columbia</i> disaster and recovery and the inspiring message it ultimately holds. In the aftermath of tragedy, people and communities came together to help bring home the remains of the crew and nearly 40 percent of shuttle, an effort that was instrumental in piecing together what happened so the shuttle program could return to flight and complete the International Space Station. <b><i>Bringing</i> Columbia <i>Home</i></b> shares the deeply personal stories that emerged as NASA employees looked for lost colleagues and searchers overcame immense physical, logistical, and emotional challenges and worked together to accomplish the impossible.<br /><br /> Featuring a foreword and epilogue by astronauts Robert Crippen and Eileen Collins, and dedicated to the astronauts and recovery search persons who lost their lives, this is an incredible, compelling narrative about the best of humanity in the darkest of times and about how a failure at the pinnacle of human achievement became a story of cooperation and hope.
Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"
by Zora Neale Hurston

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English

Pages

193

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> Bestseller聽鈥⒙燗mazon's Best History Book of the Year 201聽鈥⒙?lt;em>TIME M</em>agazine<em>鈥檚</em> Best Nonfiction Book of 2018聽鈥⒙燦ew York Public Library鈥檚 Best Book of 2018聽鈥⒙燦PR鈥檚 Book Concierge Best Book of 2018聽鈥⒙?lt;em>Economist </em>Book of the Year聽鈥⒙燬ELF.com鈥檚 Best Books of 2018聽鈥⒙燗udible鈥檚 Best of the Year聽鈥⒙燘ookRiot鈥檚 Best Audio Books of 2018聽鈥⒙燭he Atlantic鈥檚 Books Briefing: History, Reconsidered聽鈥⒙燗tlanta Journal Constitution, Best Southern Books 2018聽聽鈥⒙燭he Christian Science Monitor鈥檚 Best Books 2018</strong><strong>聽鈥⒙?lt;/strong><strong>Barnes & Noble鈥檚 Best Books of the Year</strong> </p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>鈥淎聽profound impact on Hurston鈥檚 literary legacy.鈥濃€?lt;em>New York Times</em></strong></p><p><strong>鈥淥ne of the greatest writers of our time.鈥濃€擳oni Morrison</strong></p><p><strong>鈥淶ora Neale Hurston鈥檚 genius has once again produced a <em>Maestrapiece</em>.鈥濃€擜lice Walker</strong></p><p><strong>A major literary event: a聽newly published work from the author of the American classic <em>Their Eyes Were Watching God, </em>with a聽foreword from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker,聽brilliantly illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of one of the last-known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade鈥攁bducted from Africa on the last "Black Cargo" ship to arrive in the United States.</strong></p><p>In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama, just outside Mobile,聽to interview eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis. Of the millions of men, women, and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation鈥檚 history. Hurston was there to record Cudjo鈥檚 firsthand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in the United States.</p><p>In 1931, Hurston returned to Plateau, the African-centric community three miles from Mobile founded by Cudjo and other former slaves from his ship. Spending more than three months there, she talked in depth with Cudjo about the details of his life. During those weeks, the young writer and the elderly formerly enslaved man ate peaches and watermelon that grew in the backyard and talked about Cudjo鈥檚 past鈥攎emories from his childhood in Africa, the horrors of being captured and held in a barracoon for selection by American slavers, the harrowing experience of the Middle Passage packed with more than 100 other souls aboard the <em>Clotilda</em>, and the years he spent in slavery until the end of the Civil War.</p><p>Based on those interviews, featuring Cudjo鈥檚 unique vernacular, and written from Hurston鈥檚 perspective with the compassion and singular style that have made her one of the preeminent American authors of the twentieth-century, <em>Barracoon</em>聽masterfully illustrates聽the tragedy of slavery and of one life forever defined by it. Offering insight into the pernicious legacy that continues to haunt us all, black and white, this poignant and powerful work is an invaluable contribution to our shared history and culture.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p>
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greates...
by Dava Sobel

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English

Pages

191

Publication Date

July 05, 2010

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<b>The dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of one man's forty-year obsession to find a solution to the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day--"the longitude problem."</b><br /><br />Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day-and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives and the increasing fortunes of nations hung on a resolution. One man, John Harrison, in complete opposition to the scientific community, dared to imagine a mechanical solution-a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land. <br /><i><br /></i><i>Longitude</i> is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a new window on our world.

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