Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Book - 1987
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The life and career of the famous aviator, from her girlhood in Kansas, through her successes breaking aviation records and her increasing fame, to her mysterious disappearance.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : F. Watts, 1987
ISBN: 9780531103319
0531103315
Characteristics: 128 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm. --

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Aug 19, 2013

Amelia Earhart by Blythe Randolph is a very well written biography all about Amelia Earhart's life, hence the title. Apart from the brief first chapter which talks about Amelia's disappearance and the theories the rest of the book is displayed in chronological order. All throughout the book, talking about the people she met, her experiences and how she felt about them, why she did what she did , her insights, ideas and thoughts. I think the book has changed my opinions on Amelia Earhart because before I thought she was just famous because she was a successful women pilot in a time period when that wasn't common, and because of her mysterious disappearance. Although that is true I now know she accomplished so much more than that, and worked hard in everything she did. Making her honourable and influential for attributes like her perseverance and courage.

The book quoted and used many passages from three of Amelia Earhart's own books 20 Hrs., 40 Min which was a journal of her experiences as the first woman passenger on a transatlantic flight. The Fun of It which was a memoir of her flying experiences and an essay on women in aviation. Lastly Last Flight which was the periodic journal entries she sent back to the United States during her world flight attempt (they were all compiled into a book). Also in the biography I caught four main ideas and themes which I found important. Sometimes you have to take chances and make hard decisions in life, women's rights are an important step in society, courage is key and lastly aviation is beneficial in travel within the world. This book was informative and well written and I would recommend it to anyone interested in Amelia Earhart.

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