The Man Who Fell from the Sky: The True Story of the Gaudy Life and Bizarre Demise of 20's Tycoon Alfred Loewenstein
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The Man Who Fell from the Sky: The True Story of the Gaudy Life and Bizarre Demise of 20's Tycoon Alfred Loewenstein

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The true story of the gaudy life and bizarre demise of 20's tycoon Alfred Loewenstein -- and the modern-day quest to solve the tantalizing mystery of his death.
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published August 27th 1987 by Viking Books
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Eric_W
Usually, whenever I have to chauffeur folks around I take along a briefcase with various and sundry items such as books, electronic chess, paper, etc. with which to amuse myself during the inevitable waits. On the last trip to Madison I somehow forgot my normal accoutrement, and so, having some time, gravitated toward the nearest bookstore. There I discovered William Norris's The Man Who Fell From the Sky, a remaindered book on sale for $1.48.

It concerns the investigation of an old aviation my...more
Meaghan
Feb 06, 2009 Meaghan rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: history and crime buffs
Alfred Loewenstein was an obscenely rich financier who was very famous in his time, but he is remembered today (when he's remembered at all) mainly because of is strange death: as the story goes, he accidentally fell out of a private airplane while crossing the English Channel in 1928, and the other occupants of the plane did not notice for some time. Nearly sixty years after the fact, William Norris wrote this book on the mystery. He proved Loewenstein was murdered and explained how the murder...more
Wendy
Super-rich business tycoon Alfred Lowenstein died after a fall from his private plane. Did he jump out? Fall out? Was he pushed? None of these possibilities seem likely, but something happened - Mr. Lowenstein somehow went from being a passenger on his own plane to his death in international waters. The author presents historical evidence and theories, and leaves it to the reader to draw their own conclusions.
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