AMELIA EARHART by Burke Davis

AMELIA EARHART

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Flyer, feminist and enthusiastic individualist, AE makes such an attractive biographical subject that Burke Davis' loosely structured anecdotes prove both amusing and enlightening though they add little of substance to Peggy Mann's portrait of Amelia Earhart: Sky Pioneer (1970). Except for an appended list of ""Awards and Decorations"" and a summary of recent theories about her disappearance (advanced by Goerner and others), the heroics and the mystery of her death are subordinated to reminiscences more characteristically revealing -- Amelia worked as a truck driver to finance her first flying lessons, hated the ""zoo part"" of a celebrity's life and entered marriage (to publisher George Putnam) reluctantly -- fearing that it would curtail her independence. To know AE is to admire her, but Mann's more disciplined (and illustrated) introduction remains the preferred meeting ground.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1972
Publisher: Putnam