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Song of the Sky by Guy Murchie
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Jan 31, 2012

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Read in January, 2012

What an interesting read--this WW2 navigator uses his memories of navigating the north Atlantic to delve into the world of weather and air. The science aspects were why I read this and it was pretty cool to get a feel for how and why things worked above and around us from the perspective of a navigator from the 1950s. As it was written in the 50s, the sexism, racism, and presumptions, and assumptions were pretty normative. There was also more than a few pages dedicated to god, jesus, biblical verse, etc. The philosophical meanderings coupled with the writer's biases from the 50s were definite turn-offs for me. But, that aside, his explanations of the science behind air and weather were pretty great. Definitely enjoyed it when he stayed focused.

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