Atlantic Fever by Joe Jackson

83%

6 Critic Reviews

Even so, Mr. Jackson has acquitted himself well, by focusing not so much on Lindbergh as on the other airmen who tried to become the first solo flier across the Atlantic.
-Wall Street Journal

Synopsis

For five weeks—from April 14 to May 21, 1927—the world held its breath while fourteen aviators took to the air to capture the $25,000 prize that Raymond Orteig offered to the first man to cross the Atlantic Ocean without stopping.

 

Joe Jackson’s Atlantic Fever is about this race, a milestone in American history whose story has never been fully told. Delving into the lives of the big-name competitors—the polar explorer Richard Byrd, the French war hero René Fonck, the millionaire Charles Levine, and the race’s eventual winner, the enigmatic Charles Lindbergh—as well as those whose names have been forgotten by history (such as Bernt Balchen, Stanton Wooster, and Clarence Chamberlin), Jackson brings a completely fresh and original perspective to the race to conquer the Atlantic.

 

Atlantic Fever opens for us one of those magical windows onto a moment when the nexus of technology, innovation, character, and spirit led so many contenders from different parts of the world to be on the cusp of the exact same achievement at the exact same time.


 

About Joe Jackson

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Joe Jackson is the author of five works of nonfiction and one novel. His most recent book, The Thief at the End of the World:Rubber, Power, and the Seeds of Empire, was named one of Time magazine's Top Ten Nonfiction Books of 2008.
 
Published May 8, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 541 pages
Genres: History, Biographies & Memoirs, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Atlantic Fever
All: 6 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 15 2012

With stirring detail and perceptive insight about the pilots and the public, Jackson recaptures the tone and tenor of a frantic era’s national obsession.

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Wall Street Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Daniel Ford on May 25 2012

Even so, Mr. Jackson has acquitted himself well, by focusing not so much on Lindbergh as on the other airmen who tried to become the first solo flier across the Atlantic.

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Boston.com

Below average
Reviewed by Matthew Price on May 27 2012

There are many such startling observations in “Atlantic Fever.” ...But Jackson’s narrative also bulges with overwrought prose and half-baked ideas.

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Cleveland.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Daniel Dyer on May 27 2012

But Jackson succeeds with an engaging, suspenseful multiple narrative; solid research; and clever organization.

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Fredericksburg.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Diane Makovsky on Jun 11 2012

Jackson evokes the frenzied excitement of 1920s aeronautic development, as the world awakened to the potential for long-distance and commercial flight.

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Thinking in Christ

Good
Aug 01 2012

...this is a well written account of the first solo flight across the Atlantic, expansive in scope, and detailed in endeavor.

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