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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Of all the books on sociology, philosophy, political science, and history which speak on the differences and disparities of classes, genders, ages, and so on, this one, small, and utterly unassuming narrative stands against their defeatist and fatalist attitudes of global peace and cooperation. By far one of the greatest book I've read, and one I will continue to read and believe for my life. While the Bible taught Christians how their ancestors lived in archaic times and savage traditions, (and likewise other holy books for other religions/faiths) this book is the Bible's equivalent for a new world based in contentment and genuine love for all.
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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.