- Author : Keith O'Brien
- Release Date : 07 August 2018
- Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Genre : History
- Pages : 368
- ISBN 13 : 9781328876720
Download or read book entitled Fly Girls written by Keith O'Brien and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt online. This book was released on 07 August 2018 with total pages 368. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A New York Times Bestseller * An Amazon Best Book of the Year * A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice * A Time Best Book for Summer Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. While male pilots were lauded as heroes, the few women who dared to fly were more often ridiculed—until a cadre of women pilots banded together to break through the entrenched prejudice. Fly Girls weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high school dropout from Fargo, North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorcée; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at her blue blood family’s expectations; and Louise Thaden, the young mother of two who got her start selling coal in Wichita. Together, they fought for the chance to fly and race airplanes—and in 1936, one of them would triumph, beating the men in the toughest air race of them all.