Amelia Earhart by Kathleen C. Winters
The Turbulent Life of an American Icon

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When Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific in 1937, she was at the height of her fame. Fascination with Earhart remains just as strong today, as her mysterious disappearance continues to inspire speculation. In this nuanced and often surprising biography, acclaimed aviation historian Kathleen C. Winters moves beyond the caricature of the spunky, precocious pilot to offer a more complex portrait. Drawing on a wealth of contemporary accounts, airline records, and other original research, this book reveals a flawed heroine who was frequently reckless and lacked basic navigation skills, but who was also a canny manipulator of mass media. Winters details how Earhart and her husband, publisher George Putnam, worked to establish her as an international icon, even as other spectacular pilots went unnoticed. Sympathetic yet unsentimental, this biography helps us to see Amelia Earhart with fresh eyes.
 

About Kathleen C. Winters

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Kathleen C. Winters was an aviation historian, licensed pilot, and author of the critically acclaimed Anne Morrow Lindbergh: First Lady of the Air. A resident of St. Paul, Minnesota, she passed away in August of 2010.
 
Published November 23, 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 257 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Professional & Technical, Travel, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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he and promoter Putnam were seeking a replacement pilot for a transatlantic flight (with a male flight crew) and were impressed by Earhart’s Lindy-like looks and poise.

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Amelia Earhart was not the best female pilot of her time, claims Winters: "She was not a ‘natural stick,' in pilots' parlance, and struggled during her flight training."

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