The Winged Gospel: America's Romance with Aviation, 1900-1950

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From the day when two bicycle mechanics made the first flight at Kitty Hawk until after World War II, Americans have invested extraordinary hopes in airplanes, expecting them to revolutionize daily life and transform the world. This book reconstructs the first era of manned flight, bringing back to life the famous and lesser-known aviators who became America's heroes: Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Calbraith P. Rodgers, and many others. Abounding in fascinating detail, this book provides a vivid picture of America in the first half of the century--its aspirations and concerns--as expressed in the exuberant and often utopian response to a major new technology.

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"Joseph Corn's lively and readable book . . . is well organized and written, thoroughly researched in primary documentation, and richly anecdotal and fascinating. Here are gathered the couples wedded in the air, the designers of automobiles that fly, the prophets of peace and prosperity—the true believers . . . in the millennium of flight."—Alex Roland, Isis

"Corn exploit[s] a wide assortment of books, periodicals, and cultural symbols and is adept at extrapolating evidence to support his thesis that aviation became something of a secular religion, promoting both prosperity and harmony. The author's enthusiasm for his topic is infectious."—Roger E. Bilstein, Journal of American History

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Joseph J. Corn, Instructor, American Studies Program, Stanford University.

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