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Stormy Genius: The Life of Aviation's Maverick Bill Lear

Rashke, Richard

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ISBN 10: 0395353726 / ISBN 13: 9780395353721
Published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1985
Condition: Very Good + Hardcover
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Third printing. Signed by the author on the front endpaper: "Richard Rashke." Also signed by the fourth wife of inventor, aviation pioneer, and businessman (founder of Lear Jet Corporation) Bill Lear (1902-1978) on the half-title page: "Moya Lear"; a Schuler Books (Kentwood, Michigan) bookmark laid in. Quarterbound in light blue paper-covered boards with a dark blue cloth, silver-lettered spine. The book is square and unmarked; corners sharp, spine ends bumped. The dust jacket is price-clipped; some edgewear; Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006722

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Title: Stormy Genius: The Life of Aviation's ...

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, Boston

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +

Signed: Signed by Author

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The author recounts her visit to South Africa where she interviewed numerous young people, both black and white, to find out what growing up is like in a country torn apart by racial strife

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"Bill stirred men's blood," said one of Lear's employees, and after reading this spirited biography by the author of The Killing of Karen Silkwood, the reader understands why. Although lacking formal education, especially in science, Lear was an inventive genius, his interests ranging from radio to airplanes, wire recorders, prefabricated homes and steam-powered cars. His 150 patents included a radio direction finder and an automatic pilot for planes, and the eight-track tape, designed originally for automobile stereos. And, while he focused on his invention of the moment with monomaniacal intensity, Lear found time to contract four marriages, sire seven children and have many mistresses, some for years. A stubborn, opinionated, difficult man who made and lost several fortunes, his technological intuition rarely led him astray, although he was ill-suited to manage his various companies. His life story is absorbing. Photos not seen by PW. November 13
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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