The Sound of Wings: The Life of Amelia Earhart
When Amelia Earhart mysteriously disappeared in 1937 during her attempted flight around the world, she was already known as America's most famous female aviator. Her sense of daring and determination, rare for women of her time, brought her insurmountable fame from the day she became the first woman to cross the Atlantic in an airplane. In this definitive biography, Mary
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One reason I liked this book is the author really wrote a dual biography here. She told the story of Amelia but also of her one and only husband, George Putnam. Others can tell so much about us about the books ...more
First off, Lovell is more interested in G.P Putnam than Amelia. Not that she doesn't like Amelia, but that Amelia feels like a shadow beside her energetic husband. Really, this bio is a defense of the Putnam-Earhart marriage. Which I appreciate. Secondly, I didn't come away ...more
I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the intrepid women aviators at the national races: (view spoiler)[flying with one hand holding the roof on! putting out a tail fire and carrying on! (hide spoiler)]
This is really a double biography - it devotes significant t ...more
To me, the book was more a biography on Amelia Earhart AND George Putnam. Interesting, but not what I was looking for. Maybe a truer cover portrait would be a snapshot of both of them so the reader is prepared. I understand that a nuanced picture of Geor ...more
This is somewhat a dual biography of the famous couple. How they came to know each other and push each other to unknown heights (both literally and figuratively).
The author parallels the life story of Amelia with that of George Putnam, her husband and publicist--demonstrating how integral he was to her success. While there are those who think of AE as ...more
Earhart is perhaps one of the lesser known feminist pioneers. It is only right that biographers draw attention to her dedication and ambition to challenge social norms, as this author has so readily done. I ...more
I've always been fascinated by Amelia Earhart but it turns out I didn't know the half of it! At its heart this biography is a love story, and though at first I was slightly concerned by there being whole chapters dedicated to her husband, George, they ended up being incredibly integral. That the book ends celebrating their love is fitting. Amelia was a badass, (who ...more
I enjoyed the book very muc ...more
It took me awhile to get into this story but biographies are often deeper than the other stories I read but this was wonderful.
She lives in the New Forest in Hampshire, ...more