“Negroni is a talented aviation journalist who clearly
understands the critically important part the human factor plays in
aviation safety.”—Captain Chesley
“Sully” Sullenberger, pilot of US Airways 1549, the
Miracle on the Hudson
One of The Wall Street Journal’s 3 Books Every Geek
Should Read This Fall
A fascinating exploration of how humans and machines
fail—leading to air disasters from Amelia Earhart to
MH370—and how the lessons learned from these accidents have
made flying safer.
In the late nineteenth century, as cities like Boston and New
York grew larger, the streets became increasingly clogged
with horse-drawn carts. When the great blizzard of 1888
brought New York City to a halt, a solution had to be found.
How a Michigan farm boy became the richest man in America is a
classic, almost mythic tale, but never before has Henry
Ford’s outsized genius been brought to life so vividly as it
is in this engaging and superbly researched biography.
The real Henry Ford was a tangle of contradictions.
In the late 1990s John Pollack was working as a Washington
speechwriter when, frustrated by the cynicism and hypocrisy on
Capitol Hill, he quit his job to pursue a boyhood dream. to build a
boat made entirely of wine corks and take it on an epic journey.
“It takes only nineteen seconds to walk the distance of the
first powered flight. But when I was there the wind was up and cold
on my face, and I felt as if I’d entered the black-and-white
photograph I’d been seeing all my life. The sand is light
gray, there’s a spill of surf in the distance.
The companion volume to the PBS documentary film about the
first—and perhaps most astonishing—automobile trip
across the United States.
In 1903 there were only 150 miles of paved roads in the entire
nation and most people had never seen a “horseless
buggy”—but that did not stop Horatio Nelson Jackson, a
thirty-one-year-old Vermont doctor, who impulsively bet fifty
dollars that he could drive his 20-horsepower automobile from San
Francisco to New York City.
Last Train to Paradise is acclaimed novelist Les Standiford’s
fast-paced and gripping true account of the extraordinary
construction and spectacular demise of the Key West
Railroad—one of the greatest engineering feats ever
undertaken, destroyed in one fell swoop by the strongest storm ever
to hit U.
Every writer keeps a secret, an episode from their past, hidden
inside until maturity and their advancing powers conspire to bring
it out; and that is certainly what happened with journalist Rinker
Buck's Flight of Passage. Part adventure tale, part literary
memoir, Flight of Passage is the story of how two brothers
resolved their differences and proved themselves to their father
through a mythical odyssey across America.