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Danger and Poetry: One Glider Pilot's First Hundred Hours, from Flight School to Rescue Mission

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Joe Karam was born to transcend, but perhaps not to fly. When at twenty-seven his quest for freedom led him to set foot in a glider for the first time, he was overcome with fear and desire. Nothing seemed to have prepared him for such a formidable test of courage, nor did he know anything about Charlie, the taciturn flight instructor he had just entrusted with his life. An ...more
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Published September 20th 2016 by Soaring West
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Warren M Parker
A fair introduction

This is overall a good read, although clumsily inserted adjectives detract from the reading experience. Less technical information than I would have liked.
Alexis Du Pin
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you feel like flying, actually flying for real, i.e. take over the sky, this is the book for you.
A skydiver myself, I had never considered flying planes, let alone gliders. "Too technical", "too expensive", "not enough sensations compared to skydiving". I read Danger and poetry in a matter of hours - the duration of a glider flight - for what opened up my mind to the elegant world of flying gliders. The author, Joe Karam, seems to be a rare breed of a scientist morphed into a poet... or the o
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Ayelette
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I started reading Danger and Poetry, I didn't know what to expect. I have not spent any significant time in the aviation world, and didn't even know what a glider plane was. To my delight, I found myself absorbed by the author's journeys, both technical and emotional. Perhaps not despite the fact that I don't yearn to fly, but precisely because of that, I was able to lose myself in the thrill of the adventure, the trials and errors, the accomplishments and defeats, without fearing for my ow ...more
Salvo
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Heartfelt and insightful. The enthusiasm for flying comes across so nicely. Joe's eloquence soars just like the gliders he writes about. This is a book about aviation, but it's really a book about joy. It's a joy to read. Recommended for anyone looking for inspiration with a touch of danger.
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An American immigrant of French upbringing and Lebanese descent, Joe Karam was born in a Christian family in Beirut during the Civil War and was then raised in Paris with a Jesuit education before deciding, at seventeen, to pursue the American Dream. Beginning anew in California, he received three college degrees and a teaching award from Stanford University, generated a dozen patents as an invent ...more

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