This collection of 16 excerpts from writings about manned flight includes well-known works by Saint-Exup?ry, Michael Collins, Martin Amis, Tom Wolfe, and Charles Lindbergh as well as lesser-known pieces such as a first-person account by a 14-year old pilot who flew across the United States in a Piper Cub. Most have to do with surviving a dramatic test or ordeal of some kind. Roald Dahl flew against German bombers in the battle of Malta; William Rankin ejected from his jet and fell through a thunderstorm. Others, like William Lishman on hang gliding with birds, lean more toward the mystical or spiritual side of flying. Many libraries will already have some of the books from which these pieces were excerpted, but this collection does bring together shorter and less-taxing introductions to the authors. Recommended for public libraries where demand exists.
Thunder's Mouth Press 360 pages