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Amelia Earhart: A Biography

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  127 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
She died mysteriously before she was forty. Yet in the last decade of her life Amelia Earhart soared from obscurity to fame as the best-known female aviator in the world. She set record after record—among them, the first trans-Atlantic solo flight by a woman, a flight that launched Earhart on a double career as a fighter for women's rights and a tireless crusader for comme ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 17th 1996 by Smithsonian Books (first published 1989)
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Joe White
Jun 27, 2012 Joe White rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-shelf, history, bio, air
The author was clearly attempting to write a sequential timeline biography and
not an evaluative personal criticism based on subjectivity. The material was
fairly clearly drawn from first person interviews and as many relevant recorded
documents of record as probably could be found without reaching into extant
editorial opinions. In relevant sections, Amelia's own recorded statements or
writings were injected. The result is that this appears to be an unbiased
historical record of the facts that compos
Jul 29, 2007 Brian rated it liked it
This was the first book about Amelia Earhart that I read, and at the time I thought it was good. But having later read Susan Butler's and also Mary Lovell's biographies of Amelia Earhart, I have rated this in last place of the three. Doris Rich did not go into the depth that either Susan Butler or Mary Lovell did. About the best I can say about Ms. Rich's version is some of the background she provided relative to the early days of commercial aviation in the United States - how difficult it was i ...more
Jen Show
Dec 30, 2010 Jen Show rated it liked it
Amelia Earhart was an incredibly charismatic and fascinating woman. Unfortunately, a great number of the Earhart biographies I have read neglect the more personal (and interesting) facets of the pilot's life in favor of dry recounts and rehashing technical details. This biography did a great job of weaving Earhart's personal and professional lives together in a way that create a better portrait of her humanity. Doris Rich makes use of (and annotates) numerous primary sources and brings in many c ...more
Heather Beauchemin
Great factual biography

Excellent story of Amelia Earhart's life. Seems well researched and grounded in fact. This book touches only briefly on theories about her disappearance, more focused on her life.
Jun 01, 2009 Jessica rated it liked it
Overall this book was enjoyable, well written, but in my estimation two major flaws. First, after being spoiled by Goodwin, Rich has a difficult time making important people matter. Some of the people in Amelia's life I had a hard time keeping track of. Who they were, what they did etc...They all seemed important, but she never explained why well enough. Second flaw is in the Epilogue. When someone dies in the prime of their life I would like to know what happened to the family after death. Espe ...more
Dec 15, 2013 Travis rated it liked it
Normally I really don't like biographies. Non-fiction just doesn't usually appeal to me, and even despite her many fantastic achievements, I don't think I'd have taken the time to read about Amelia Earhart if not for her mysterious disappearance. That said, I'm glad I did read about her. Her story was interesting, and quite inspirational. I couldn't help but envy her somewhat, but I would have that reaction to the story of most pilots as it was a career I wanted when I was young. Ms. Earhart is ...more
Kizz Robinson
Aug 31, 2015 Kizz Robinson rated it liked it
The writing isn't especially inspired but it's a fascinating life. It was sad at times to learn the truth about this complicated, courageous woman. She defies expectations quite literally up until the very end.
Dec 23, 2008 Leigh rated it really liked it
I love biographies that provide a complete and relatively unbiased telling of a life. This one strips Amelia Earhart of her myths (spy, genius pilot) and presents her as she was: an ambitious pilot who always did her best but was ultimately overcome by obstacles she could not control. She was not the most talented of women pilots, her marriage was practical not romantic, and she had serious difficulties with her mother and sister. However, this book presents all that, while retaining respect for ...more
Feb 14, 2013 James rated it really liked it
A relatively detailed biography that follows sequentially the events in Amelia Earhart's life. Rich did cover well the early-twentieth century aviation scene in America, and Earhart's contribution to it; not only that, but Rich dealt with Earhart objectively and dispels much of the myths surrounding the ill-fated aviatrix. The only complaint would be that a more detailed epilogue and some critical evaluation could have been added.
Jenni Smith
Oct 26, 2014 Jenni Smith rated it liked it
The author had many details that were definitely thorough. The book was an easier read in the last few chapters. The author jumped back and forth at times but made sure the details about Amelia were there.
May 09, 2014 Marina rated it it was ok
I liked this book!! Considering I had to read it for school, it was a pretty good biography to read except in some places it droned on about aeronautical stuff that I had no clue about.
Jul 23, 2011 Kathy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was an interesting biography, a bit dry with some of the foot notes but overall a really good view of Amelia as a feminist. I wanted to read it before the Hillary Swank movie came out. My husband read another one and we compared notes, the source materials must be somewhat limited as the two were very similar.
Mar 12, 2013 Madi rated it it was ok
So long and boring. As much as I love her, I believe it was lengthy in odd places.
Aug 06, 2009 Melissa rated it liked it
A thorough biography of Amelia Earhart, but not as engaging as others.
Jul 19, 2007 Kristine rated it liked it
Biography that includes her childhood and the man in her life.
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Long. But I learned she was an ESL teacher!
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