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Finding Amelia: The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance [With DVD]

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In the seventy years since the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan during a flight over the Central Pacific, their fate has remained one of history's most debated mysteries. Dozens of books have offered a variety of solutions to the puzzle, but they all draw on the same handful of documents and conflicting eyewitness accounts. Now, a wealth of ne ...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by US Naval Institute Press (first published August 16th 2006)
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Mar 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I'm not an Amelia Earhart fan, but I found this book to be extremely informative regarding Earhart's final flight, the various radio transmissions believed to have been sent by Earhart for a few days after her disappearance, and the subsequent air/sea search. The author presents evidence suggesting that Earhart and Noonan landed on a coral reef off of Gardner Island, although he never actually comes out in the text and makes that claim. Instead, he lays out the evidence based upon radio intercep ...more
Oct 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I was put off with the beginning of this book, which contains much technical information about Amelia Earhart's preparations for her ill-fated around-the-world flight. Once the flight begins, however, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that all this technical information was now highly relevant--and highly interesting too. Having finished the book, I have two lingering gripes:

1. The book spends too much time debunking misinformation that will be familiar only to the Earhart-obsessed--ordinar
Steve Van Slyke
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, kindle
This is certainly a different take than Elgen Long's Amelia Earhart. Whereas Long assures us that Earhart and Noonan ditched and died within a 100-mile radius of Howland Island, and that the "mystery is solved", Mr. Gillespie leaves the mystery door open to a very wide extent. Long's book essentially ends shortly after the Electra is overdue at Howland, whereas Gillespie's continues on for several days afterwards and includes the extensive search that was conducted as well the various profession ...more
Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: womens
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Sean Lee
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book cuts through all the rumour and scuttlebut that surrounded Amelia Earhart's disappearance and lines up the facts one by one. While this makes the first half of the book something of a dull read, the tension really picks up as the author describes Earhart's last flight. After that, things just get downright intriguing. A fascinating account that uses research and the historical record as its basis, rather than opinion or conspiracy. Well worth persevering with.
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book with loads of detailed information taken from many sources, put in chronological order. Ric Gillespie lets the reader to come up with their own conclusion to what happened to Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan. and I will read it again for there is a lot to think about. The book could use an update because a lot more information has been discovered since the book was published.
Barb Innes
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lot of research, a lot of human errors and dire consequences. If you want an exact answer to where she landed...don't expect. Although a Lot of technical was a a good read! Wants me to read more on our Kansas gal.
Ray Pierson
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the very best books about Earhart. No alien abductions, no black holes, nothing that is not backed up by research.
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super engaging. I'm convinced.
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well written and impressively detailed. The author—a pilot and aviation-failure investigator—did an exhaustive amount of research and provides a nearly minute-by-minute account of what happened after Earhart's plane went missing. A combination of human error, ego, miscommunication, poor planning, bad analysis, illogical conclusions, inferior skills, damaged equipment, and wishful thinking led searchers in the wrong direction and gave us the ending we all know: She and her navigator disappeared a ...more
Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-disaster
This book, written to be the first of what will eventually be three volumes, was put out by the director of TIGHAR, the group that supports the theory that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan managed to put down their plane on an uninhabited island south of their original destination when they became lost. This book actually does not discuss the research that has been done at Nikumaroro (Gardner Island) in the last 20 years; it talks about the actual trip and immediate aftermath.

This volume covers th
Jan 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction-other
I picked this up at the library on a whim. The book is probably pretty good at its task, which appears to be to give as many facts as possible about the Coast Guard and Naval search for Amelia Earhart. background on Earhart, dry format... And the ending is odd: it quotes a 1940 telegram from the officer in charge of the Phoenix Islands Settlement Scheme to the Resident Commissioner, Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony that states that skeletal remains have been found that might be Earhart ...more
George Anderson
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last stocks of the hard back edition with document DVD will be offered at the Author's lecture at the Baltimore Engineers Club on Saturday November 20, 2010.
The morning breakfast lecture is jointly sponsored by the Chesapeake INCOSE and the AIAA Mid Atlantic Chapter. This guarantees that a knowledgeable group of aviation professionals will be attending. I have known and followed the searches of Ric and his TIGHAR foundation for many years and I believe that he is a foremost champion of histo
Leigh Bale
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I guess part of me wants to believe this amazing woman didn't just plummet into the ocean and die, but this book makes the point that she actually survived on a small island for a time, which might be even worse. I watched on TV a special that went into details, and so I decided to pick up the book and read it to. It is an amazingly convincing thesis with no final proof, but with lots of circumstantial evidence that Amelia Earhart actually survived for a time after her plane went down. I enjoyed ...more
Jun 26, 2007 marked it as to-read
Shelves: erudite, own
i'm on page ten, perhaps?
and i keep dozing. not a little, a whole bunch.
it's dry. there are far too many superfluous details. the language is too technical. he almost always goes for the double-pts scrabble words instead of the more concise options.

i'll have to postpone this until i have a break from class, and afternoons to dedicate to drinking coffee because i still think i'll be worth it.
Oct 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book may be the best of the Earhart studies, partly due to good prose and partly due to solid research (reflected in the 5000-document disc that accompanies the book). Gillespie isn't dogmatic about what he finds likely to have happened, but he makes a strong case—one born out by field work and strong analytical skills.
Jul 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
We still have not found her
Dec 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fascinating account of the Earhart disapperance with lots of information on 1930s flying and radio communication.
Jeffrey Hammerhead
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent book about the what went wrong on her last flight.
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pretty interesting
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