Fly Girls (Paperback)

How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History

By Keith O'Brien

Large Print Press, 9781432868277

Publication Date: August 22, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (3/5/2019)
Hardcover (8/7/2018)
Compact Disc (8/7/2018)
Library Binding, Large Print (10/17/2018)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (11/7/2018)

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A New York Times Bestseller * An Amazon Best Book of the Year * A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice * A Time Best Book for Summer

Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. While male pilots were lauded as heroes, the few women who dared to fly were more often ridiculed--until a cadre of women pilots banded together to break through the entrenched prejudice.

Fly Girls weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high school dropout from Fargo, North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorc e; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at her blue blood family's expectations; and Louise Thaden, the young mother of two who got her start selling coal in Wichita. Together, they fought for the chance to fly and race airplanes--and in 1936, one of them would triumph, beating the men in the toughest air race of them all.


About the Author

KEITH O'BRIEN is a former reporter for the Boston Globe and a frequent contributor to NPR, including on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and This American Life. He has also written for the New York TimesMagazine, Politico, and Slate.