Author: Allan T. Stein
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Release Date: 2005-02-16
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Annotation "Allan T. Stein idolized his uncle, a pilot in the Great War. So in 1943, in the midst of the Second World War, he left Texas A & M University for Lackland Air Field to learn to fly. By the time he retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1969, Stein had flown everything from BT-13s and B-24s to B-52s and C-47s. During World War II, he flew missions over China and the Sea of Japan, and by V-J Day, he had participated in eight campaigns and logged 347 hours in combat. Stein later spent one year in Vietnam as operations officer for the 360 TEWS (Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron), which used refitted C-47s to monitor and locate Vietcong units. He ended his career as inspector general of the Civil Air Patrol." "Stein considers himself to have been an ordinary airman, not a hero. But he was also a seasoned pilot and a conscientious officer with a strong sense of right and wrong. After a young pilot he had certified died in an accident, Stein made it a practice to fail all but the best candidates. He was just as disgusted with the corruption he encountered in the Civil Air Patrol as he was with the tendentious reporters he met in Saigon's Hotel Caravelle." "Although he met his share of cowards and scoundrels, Stein loved to fly and he loved the air force. He was the sort of officer his superiors trusted not to make mistakes, but he was not the sort to rise to high rank. What he offers here is an account of a typical career as an air force officer, complete with its frustrations, moral dilemmas, and the occasional harrowing experience."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Author: William Price Fox
Publisher: Crane Hill Pub
Release Date: 2002-01-01
"A small town in South Carolina, circa 1943. Flunking out of high school, guilty of truancy and suspected of worse, 16-year-old Earl Edge is out of options. He can hang around and spend the rest of his life as a loser, or he can lie about his age and join the Air Corps."--Jacket.
From the author of Holding up the Universe and the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places. After Pearl Harbor, Velva Jean signs up for service and gets her wings, risking her life—and her heart. Velva Jean Hart, the fiercely independent heroine of Jennifer Niven's (Becoming Clementine) spectacular debut novel, Velva Jean Learns to Drive, returns in a captivating adventure that literally sends her soaring. Bristling at the limitations faced by a woman in rural Appalachia and fuelled by the memory of her late Mama telling her to "live out there," Velva Jean hits the road to pursue her dream of singing at the Grand Ole Opry. But after a string of auditions, she begins to lose hope—until her brother pays her a surprise visit and treats Velva Jean to a flying lesson that ignites a brand-new dream: to become a female pilot. Funny, poignant, and utterly unforgettable, Velva Jean Learns to Fly will have fans cheering all over again.
Author: John James Knudsen
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
Release Date: 2013-04-22
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
One Army Air Corps soldier's ordeals during World War II. Written in the personable voice of someone reflecting honestly on his life's journey, this autobiography is full of anecdotes of a Depression-era Montana boyhood and culminates with the author's training for service as a B-17 pilot and subsequent role as a flight instructor.
Author: Daniel Solomon
Publisher: Island Press
Release Date: 2003
"This is a book about the making of cities and the buildings that compose them. It is about the conditions under which an architect engaged in those activities now works, how those conditions evolved and why they are changing. It is about the qualities of life that are threatened by the ways cities are built at the beginning of the 21st century and intelligent response to those threats. It is about why the city planning ideas and the cultural cuisinart that came in the box with modern architecture are a lingering menace." -- from Global City Blue. Much of the architecture and town planning of the past fifty years has been based on an unsubstantiated optimism about the promise of modernity. In our rush to embrace the future, we invented new ways of building that rejected the past and sent people headlong into a placeless limbo where they are insulated from each other and cut off from such basic experiences of location as the weather and the time of day. Despite calamitous results, many architects and planners remain enamored of the modernist ideals that underlie these changes. In Global City Blues, renowned architect Daniel Solomon presents a perceptive overview and an insightful assessment of how the power and seductiveness of modernist ideals led us astray. Through a series of independent but linked essays, he takes the reader on a personal picaresque, introducing us to people, places, and ideas that have shaped thinking about planning and building and that laid the foundation for his beliefs about the world we live in and the kind of world we should be making. As an alternative, Daniel Solomon discusses the ideas and precepts of New Urbanism, a reform movement he helped found that has risen to prominence in the past decade. New Urbanism offers a vital counterbalance to the forces of sprawl, urban disintegration, and placelessness that have so transformed the contemporary landscape. Global City Blues is a fresh and original look at what the history of urban form can teach us about creating built environments that work for people.
Split second life-and-death wartime heroics in foreign lands, endless training, and ridiculous bureaucracy -- the US Army has it all. Much is asked of soldiers. Military duties shape, define, and mature individuals on many levels. Have you found out who you are, and what you will and will not do? This account describes dogged determination to do the duties, to interweave a love story, and to realize where one is to steer towards a fulfilling future. In the foreground, a night of duty mirrors back actions and interactions that smooth and shape. But does the potential of a military role enable you to develop your gifts and skills to become who you want to be?
Author: Philip Caraccioli
Publisher: Fideli Publishing Inc.
Release Date: 2010-12-08
Only a Dream is an allegorical work inspired by the author "s lifelong love of God "s Word and his experiences as a rocket designer and aerospace engineer. The wonders of complexities, which so often go unnoticed, serve as the backdrop for Only a Dream, which allows the reader to observe a soul and his pilgrimage through God "s creation.
SET AGAINST THE DECAYING HALLS of a San Diego rest home in the 1970s, God Clobbers Us All is the shimmering, hysterical, and melancholy account of eighteen-year-old surfer-boy orderly, Edgar Donahoe, and his struggles with romance, death, friendship, and an ill-advised affair with the wife of a maladjusted war veteran. All of Edgar's problems become mundane, however, when he and his lesbian Blackfoot nurse's aide best friend become responsible for the disappearance of their fellow worker after an LSD party gone awry. Ballantine's own brand of delicious quirkiness and storytelling is smooth and compelling, and God Clobbers Us All is guaranteed to satisfy Ballantine fans as well as convert those lucky enough to be discovering his work for the first time.
"This wasn't the first time that I'd come close to death, but it was the first time I'd been involved in this part of it, this strange, terrible saying goodbye to someone you've loved." These are Vicky Austin's thoughts as she stands near Commander Rodney's grave while her grandfather, who himself is dying of cancer, recites the funeral service. Watching his condition deteriorate over that long summer is almost more than she can bear. Then, in the midst of her struggle, she finds herself the center of attention for three young men. Leo, Commander Rodney's son, turns to her as an old friend seeking comfort but longing for romance. Zachary, whose attempted suicide inadvertently caused Commander Rodney's death, sees her as the one sane and normal person who can give some meaning to his life. And Adam, a serious young student working at the nearby marine-biology station, discovers Vicky, his friend's little sister, incipient telepathic powers that can help him with his experiments in dolphin communications. Vicky finds solace and brief moments of peace in her poetry, but life goes on around her, and the strain intensifies as she confronts matters of love and of death, of dependence and of responsibility, universal concerns that we all must face. The inevitable crisis comes and Vicky must rely on openness, sensitivity, and the love of others to overcome her private grief. Once again, Madeleine L'Engle has written a story that revels in the drama of vividly portrayed characters and events of the spiritual and moral dimensions of common human experiences. A Ring of Endless Light is a 1981 Newbery Honor Book.
Maya Angelou's five volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this her third marvellous volume, music and her son are the focus of Maya Angelou's life. She is on the edge of a new world: marriage, show business and a triumphant tour of 'Porgy and Bess'.
I'd Do It Again! Author Harriet Wright's priceless adventures began in her mid-twenties when Jimmy Durante plucked her from the waters of the Aquacade at the 1939-40 World's Fair to join the first chorus line of the famed Copacabana Supper Club. Harriet soon became part of the nightclub crowd-mentioned regularly in the most famous of the New York gossip columns. She traveled with the rich and famous, raised a son who gained his own notoriety, and had more adventures than Forrest Gump. I'd Do It Again! recounts her journeys to a life in Cairo, a romance in Tunisia, a weekend in jail, a six-week Caribbean escapade with Jose Ferre, and much more! Her son Clovis, a rebellious teenager, became the youngest designer to ever win the prestigious Coty Critics Award, the fashion industry equivalent of an Oscar. His success provided Harriet with a backstage pass to the world of fashion. But Harriet also had her share of heartache, including the suspicious death of a husband. I'd Do It Again! is the riveting and entertaining life story of a resilient woman who refuses to let life pass her by. Instead, she lives it-to its fullest extent!