Wind, Sand and Stars

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 229 pages
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Recipient of the Grand Prix of the Academie Francaise, "Wind, Sand and Stars" is unsurprassed in capturing the grandeur, danger, and isolation of flight. Its exciting account of air adventure - through the treacherous passes of the Pyrenees, above the Sahara, along the snowy ramparts of the Andes - combined with lyrical prose and the soaring spirit of a philosopher, make this book one of the most popular works ever written about flying.
 

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User Review  - untraveller - LibraryThing

Horrible book. I'm not a pilot, but would never want to be if I based it only on this book. Flowery Victorian language of no import throughout. The pilots can have this.... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris_El - LibraryThing

“What torments me is not the humps nor hollows nor the ugliness. It is the sight, a little bit in all these men, of Mozart murdered.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars Saint-Exupéry ... Read full review

Contents

The Craft i
21
The Men
22
The Tool
41
The Elements
48
The Plane and the Planet
63
Oasis
75
Men of the Desert
83
Prisoner of the Sand 1
153
Barcelona and Madrid 1936
177
Conclusion
225
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About the author (1992)

ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY, the Winged Poet," was born in Lyon, France, in 1900. A pilot at twenty-six, he was a pioneer of commercial aviation and flew in the Spanish Civil War and World War II. His writings include The Little Prince, Wind, Sand and Stars, Night Flight, Southern Mail, and Airman's Odyssey . In 1944, while flying a reconnaissance mission for his French air squadron, he disappeared over the Mediterranean.