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.
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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.Read Full Review of Atlantic Fever | See more reviews from Wall Street Journal
There are many such startling observations in “Atlantic Fever.” ...But Jackson’s narrative also bulges with overwrought prose and half-baked ideas.Read Full Review of Atlantic Fever
But Jackson succeeds with an engaging, suspenseful multiple narrative; solid research; and clever organization.Read Full Review of Atlantic Fever
Jackson evokes the frenzied excitement of 1920s aeronautic development, as the world awakened to the potential for long-distance and commercial flight.Read Full Review of Atlantic Fever
...this is a well written account of the first solo flight across the Atlantic, expansive in scope, and detailed in endeavor.Read Full Review of Atlantic Fever
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