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East To The Dawn: The Life Of Amelia Earhart

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  794 ratings  ·  143 reviews
The myths surrounding the life and legacy of Amelia Earhart run the gamut from the mundane to the ridiculous. Since her disappearance in 1937, people have questioned not only her actual death, but many aspects of her life, including the nature of the relationship with her husband, the flamboyant publishing magnate George Palmer Putnam, and even her very competency as a fli ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published October 16th 1997 by Da Capo Press
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Nov 17, 2008 rated it did not like it
As others who have reviewed this book have noted, this is the definitive, best-researched book on Amelia Earhart's life that has been published to date. What's interesting to me is that all of the reviewers go on, after stating this fact, to give glowing reviews to Earhart's life, and translate that to the book itself. While Earhart's life and personality are fascinating, the style of this book is tedious, and reading it was drudgery interspersed with a few surprising tidbits. I only forced myse ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart was a meticulously researched biography of the adventurer Amelia Earhart that was very enjoyable. Earhart's accomplishments were many, particularly when you realize how difficult it was for a woman in the 1920's and 1930's in aviation. Earhart was instrumental in paving the way for many although she always claimed that she had never left her field of social work.
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
ETA: The only thing that prevents me from giving this book five stars was that I wanted to hear the voices of Chapman and George Putnam. I wanted their personal words because I am sure they were hurt. To draw Amelia honestly, more of these two men's personal thoughts should have been given. Amelia was such a very strong woman. I admire her. Yet to view her honestly one has to acknowledge how her determination must have hurt others close to her. My rating is a rating of the book, not the person. ...more
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. Amelia is very inspiring. Shows how to live if you want an eventful life. I especially enjoyed her poem courage.

Courage is the price which life exacts for granting peace.
The soul that knows it not, knows no release
From little things;

Knows not the livid loneliness of fear
Nor mountain heights, where bitter joy you can hear
The sound of wings.

How can life grant us boon of living, compensate,
For dull gray ugliness and pregnant hate
Unless we dare

The soul's dominion? Each tim
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Susan Butler has written a biography about a great American adventurer. Everyone today knows Amelia Earhart as a famous flier from the days when aviators were constantly fascinating the public with their, often deadly, exploits. The 1960's captivation of the public with the voyages of the astronauts had its origin in the worship of pilots who first flew from one city to the next, across a continent, to the poles or across an ocean. Amelia is rightly remembered as one of these pilots but, as Butl ...more
J Godwin
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
If want all the nitty gritty details of not only this pioneering woman aviator but also many others of that era, of the planes and their modifications, and more, then this is the book for you! The only reason I did not rate this as a 5 is because it included a bit too much detail for my taste. The writing was excellent, the author obviously did TONS of research, and the narrator for the audiobook was absolutely amazing as she sounded exactly like Amelia Earhart would have.

I truly feel like I kn
Nick Thorne
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Amelia Earhart is truly amazing, however this book is poorly written. It reads like a long drawn out Wikipedia article. The first 100 pages about her family history are really irrelevant. Please read a book on Amelia, just not this one.
Lis Carey
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the late twenties and the 1930s, Amelia Earhart was one of America's heroes--America's heroine, as Butler reminds us was the terminology at the time, when gendered terms were still regarded as the norm rather than a bit weird. What's left to us now is an image of Earhart just out of the cockpit, or about to step into it, and the memory of her disappearance on her around-the-world flight.

But Earhart was much, much more than one image and one heartbreaking last flight. She was far more even tha
Aug 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading this incredible book by Susan Butler i have a great appreciation for Amelia Earhart and all that she did for aviation and women during her time. so many people are only taught that she was the first woman to cross the Atlantic solo and she was a great aviatrix and about her unfortunate death and nothing else. Earhart was an extrodinary person, she was brilliant and courageous. how many people knew that not long before she disappeared she taught at Perdu University in Michigan on av ...more
Sep 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
A most fascinating subject, written in such a tedious, lackluster, flat style. I almost gave up on this audio version several times but I am so interesting in Amelia that I made up my mind I would get through this book if it killed me. There are great nuggets of the life of Amelia tucked into the dry uninteresting lists of facts that tries to pass for writing. Sorry but this book is bad. I don't want to read about every person that Amelia ever interacted with and what they wore and who their par ...more
Jun 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is the biography of Amelia Earhart, and it's so interesting. Can you believe that when she began to fly, women pilots were not allowed to fly when they were on their menses!!!!!!!!! (Well, you know how Crazy and unstable we women are). This is just one of so many interesting views of the times that she had to overcome to make her dreams come true. It's a great read--very well written.
Joy H.
Nov 14, 2009 marked it as to-read
RE: _East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart_ by Susan Butler

IMDb mentions this book in the writing credits of the 2009 movie, "Amelia". See the IMDb page at:
at the start of this book I could have give up but no I carried on it was OK I found it to keep repeating itself quiet a bit.
The story on Amelia don't really start till 20 pages in.
Jill Moore Pancrazi
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Most of the world knows AE as a master aviator and an enigmatic legend that disappeared during an attempted round-the-world flight in 1937. What this book does is capture the lesser known facts of her life outside of flying, and gives a glimpse into her indomitable spirit, her guts, her fearlessness in all things.

Family - She was adored by family and friends as a girl. She was everyone's favorite babysitter and storyteller. Amelia's father was an alcoholic and her parents eventually divorced, le
Megan McBeath Hay
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ve been rating and reviewing books on Goodreads for multiple years now and I feel once again I have to say it is difficult to rate this book in terms of stars. The subject matter of this books was incredibly interesting and I feel like I learned a great deal about Amelia Earhart- especially considering that what I knew about her before was essentially what you can find in kids’ books. In terms of content this book is great but it isn’t very well written. Butler makes strange jumps in her narra ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I finished this biography the morning before news broke of the newly discovered photograph supposedly showing Amelia and Frank alive after the disappearance of their plane in 1937. Although the appeal of Amelia's story clearly hasn't wained for the public, Butler's biography paints a picture both of why it has not, and also why it should not. Looking deeper into Amelia's family heritage and tumultuous childhood, and giving modern readers a thorough schooling on the state of women's rights - both ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have admired Amelia Earhart since I was a little girl. I've read other biographies and seen several documentaries. All of them were interesting, but this is the most detailed and comprehensive story of her life that I have seen or read. That makes it fascinating for anyone interested in Earhart's life. However, the author includes many details about other people which makes blurs the actual focus on Earhart at times. Even so, it's must-read for anyone who is a "fan" of Amelia.

We learn a lot a
James Biser
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Amelia Earhart is a hero that everyone should study and learn about. She is a wonderful public figure who lived her life without fear. The world records she set as a pilot are fantastic, but unsurprising when a person learns of her personality. This biography is wonderful as it describes her life and achievements clearly and openly. It also allows readers to see into the mind of Earhart as she made the decisions that shaped her life. Every person that experiences this biography will love Ms. Ear ...more
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amelia has always been my biggest shero. Though I have heard and read various stories about her, this is the first biography I have ever read about her. I am pleased to say that Ms. Butler has done an excellent job of trying to set the record straight. Granted, this is the only biography of Ms. Earhart that I have ever read, but I think it could well be the best and most accurate. I highly recommend this book to all Earhartphiles.
Diana Long
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was an excellent, well written, thoroughly engrossing biography of an extraordinary woman who led a fascinating life. Albeit her life was brief and her disappearance more than 80 years ago still appears from time to time in an attempt to solve this mystery, she would become the heroine to young women everywhere to be all they can be, dare to dream and make the most of their lives. I highly recommend.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Like other reviewers, I find Amelia Earhart's life fascinating, but felt the presentation of it in this biography quite tedious. On further research, I found that Thomas Gore was a Congressman from Oklahoma, not Tennessee as stated in the book. This error causes me wonder what other information is also wrong.
Feisty Harriet
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
Amelia Earhart is amazing. This biography is super dull, too long, and managed to turn a fascinating trailblazer into a tedium. Also, the 2006 movie with Hilary Swank and Richard Gere that was based off this book? Snoozefest. Just skip it. They left out all the good parts and focused on the more mundane aspects of her life. Blah.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I learned so much about Amelia Earhart. She was so much more than a pilot. I had been unaware of her dedication to advancing the opportunities for women in typically male dominated fields. Also her dedication to improving the lives of the poor through her social work.
Lake Wales
The Truth Is Stranger Non-Fiction book club has rated this book as a 5. The main complaint was there was too much detail that made it a little difficult to get through but otherwise they thought the book was interesting and knowledgeable.

Amy "the book-bat"
3.5 stars
Interesting. VERY LOOOONG.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: listened-to
Interesting but a bit too mired in mundane details. Kudos to the authors' thorough research but too much for me.
Cindy Ramos
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Malatesta
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Very detailed but also pretty dry. I love reading about Amelia but this was hard to get into for portions of the book.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fascinating details of a woman before her time.
An engaging book about a interesting and admirable woman -- although the author's determination to spin everything in a way to assure readers that Amelia had no flaws was at times obvious and tedious.
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