The Great Dirigibles: Their Triumphs and Disasters

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Courier Corporation, 1957 - Transportation - 352 pages
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Everything in this book, including bits of dialogue, is as factual and accurate as can be, since everything is taken from eye-witness accounts. The true stories of these men and their fabulous floating machines are among the most exciting of modern adventures. There are 32 outstanding photographs of dirigibles in flight and in mooring (including four of the fiery destruction of the "Hindenburg" ), and of the men who flew them. Ther grandeur of the great dirigibles once captured the imaginations of millions, and is still a fascinating if failed chapter in the history of man's inventiveness.
 

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Interesting account of a strange subset of aviation history. How they convinced people to ride under hydrogen bags is beyond my comprehension. That some of the crew members were survivors of more than ... Read full review

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Toland is a gifted historian, and this survey of the history of lighter-than-air powered flying machines is readable narrative that covers all the bases. Individual books cover specific airships better, but this is still a first-rate introduction. Read full review

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John Willard Toland was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin on June 29, 1912. He received a B. A. from Williams College and attended the Yale University School of Drama from 1936 to 1937. From 1942 to 1949, he served as a captain in Special Services in the Army Air Force, stationed in the United States. His first book, Ships in the Sky, was published in 1957. His other books include Adolf Hitler, Infamy: Pearl Harbor and Its Aftermath, and Captured by History. He won the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction for The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945. He died from pneumonia on January 4, 2004 at the age of 91.

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