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April 2019: History > Fly Girls by Keith O'Brien 4 stars

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Lyn (lynm) | 290 comments Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O'Brien
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I always enjoy reading about women and their roles in history. I found this book to be very enjoyable. Not only were the women amazing ground breakers, they were flying--in airplanes! Across oceans! In high speed races! Against each other and against men! Early aviation history is interesting, and the role of women in aviation history equally interesting. Everyone has heard of Amelia Earhart, but she was not the only woman flying planes and making headlines at the time, although you wouldn't know that now. The subtitle is "How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History", but there were more than 5 women. This book focuses on Amelia Earhart, and how she got to be a common household name; a couple of women named Ruth, who were household names themselves for a while; a woman named Louise, who maybe was more famous than Amelia for a while; and a woman name Florence, who didn't have time to become well know. But there are several more women mentioned that played a role in aviation history, including Olive Ann Beech. The stories shared in the book are each unique, but the women all share one common bond, the need to fly.
Overall a great read if you have any interest in flying or early 20th century US history.

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Amy | 8537 comments Now that sounds like a fabulous read!

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