East To The Dawn: The Life Of Amelia Earhart

East To The Dawn The Life Of Amelia Earhart The myths surrounding the life and legacy of Amelia Earhart run the gamut from the mundane to the ridiculous Since her disappearance in people have questioned not only her actual death but many

  • Title: East To The Dawn: The Life Of Amelia Earhart
  • Author: Susan Butler
  • ISBN: 9780201311440
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The myths surrounding the life and legacy of Amelia Earhart run the gamut from the mundane to the ridiculous Since her disappearance in 1937, people have questioned not only her actual death, but many aspects of her life, including the nature of the relationship with her husband, the flamboyant publishing magnate George Palmer Putnam, and even her very competency as a fliThe myths surrounding the life and legacy of Amelia Earhart run the gamut from the mundane to the ridiculous Since her disappearance in 1937, people have questioned not only her actual death, but many aspects of her life, including the nature of the relationship with her husband, the flamboyant publishing magnate George Palmer Putnam, and even her very competency as a flier Now, with East to the Dawn , Susan Butler offers the most comprehensive account to date of Earhart s extraordinary life and finally sets the record straight.The image we have of Amelia Earhart today a tousle haired, androgynous flier clad in shirt, silk scarf, leather jacket, and goggles is only one of her many personas, most of which have been lost to us through the years Many of her accomplishments have been obscured by a growing obsession with the mystery of her disappearance As well, Earhart herself was a master of putting on faces a woman constantly striving for success and personal freedom in the 1920s and 30s, she could scarcely afford to let on when something was troubling her Through years of research, however, as well as interviews with many of the surviving people who knew Amelia, Susan Butler has recreated a remarkably vivid and multi faceted portrait of this enigmatic figure As a result, readers experience Amelia in all her permutations not just as a pilot, but also as an educator, a social worker, a lecturer, a businesswoman, and a tireless promoter of women s rights we experience a remarkably energetic and enterprising woman who succeeded in life beyond her wildest dreams, while never losing sight of her beginnings and we experience a woman who battled incredible odds to achieve her fame, while ensuring that her success would secure a path for women after her.Some odds, are insurmountable, however, and this fact became painfully evident on the last leg of Earhart s round the world flight In the chapters describing the last flight, Butler deals with and dispels some of the most pernicious myths about Amelia for instance, that her disappearance was planned as part of an espionage mission against the Japanese Instead, she offers a less romantic but ultimately tragic scenario that the Electra s limited navigational equipment was unable to find Howland Island a piece of land the size of the Cleveland Airport in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and a great flier died at sea.Butler masterfully renders this portrait of the first lady of aviation in a story filled with drama, pathos, and humor East to the Dawn is a landmark biography, and will be the definitive life of Amelia Earhart for years to come.

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    1. As others who have reviewed this book have noted, this is the definitive, best-researched book on Amelia Earhart's life that has been published to date. What's interesting to me is that all of the reviewers go on, after stating this fact, to give glowing reviews to Earhart's life, and translate that to the book itself. While Earhart's life and personality are fascinating, the style of this book is tedious, and reading it was drudgery interspersed with a few surprising tidbits. I only forced myse [...]

    2. ETA: The only thing that prevents me from giving this book five stars was that I wanted to hear the voices of Chapman and George Putnam. I wanted their personal words because I am sure they were hurt. To draw Amelia honestly, more of these two men's personal thoughts should have been given. Amelia was such a very strong woman. I admire her. Yet to view her honestly one has to acknowledge how her determination must have hurt others close to her. My rating is a rating of the book, not the person. [...]

    3. Really enjoyed this book. Amelia is very inspiring. Shows how to live if you want an eventful life. I especially enjoyed her poem courage. Courage is the price which life exacts for granting peace.The soul that knows it not, knows no releaseFrom little things;Knows not the livid loneliness of fearNor mountain heights, where bitter joy you can hearThe sound of wings.How can life grant us boon of living, compensate,For dull gray ugliness and pregnant hateUnless we dareThe soul's dominion? Each tim [...]

    4. Susan Butler has written a biography about a great American adventurer. Everyone today knows Amelia Earhart as a famous flier from the days when aviators were constantly fascinating the public with their, often deadly, exploits. The 1960's captivation of the public with the voyages of the astronauts had its origin in the worship of pilots who first flew from one city to the next, across a continent, to the poles or across an ocean. Amelia is rightly remembered as one of these pilots but, as Butl [...]

    5. If want all the nitty gritty details of not only this pioneering woman aviator but also many others of that era, of the planes and their modifications, and more, then this is the book for you! The only reason I did not rate this as a 5 is because it included a bit too much detail for my taste. The writing was excellent, the author obviously did TONS of research, and the narrator for the audiobook was absolutely amazing as she sounded exactly like Amelia Earhart would have. I truly feel like I kn [...]

    6. In the late twenties and the 1930s, Amelia Earhart was one of America's heroes--America's heroine, as Butler reminds us was the terminology at the time, when gendered terms were still regarded as the norm rather than a bit weird. What's left to us now is an image of Earhart just out of the cockpit, or about to step into it, and the memory of her disappearance on her around-the-world flight.But Earhart was much, much more than one image and one heartbreaking last flight. She was far more even tha [...]

    7. After reading this incredible book by Susan Butler i have a great appreciation for Amelia Earhart and all that she did for aviation and women during her time. so many people are only taught that she was the first woman to cross the Atlantic solo and she was a great aviatrix and about her unfortunate death and nothing else. Earhart was an extrodinary person, she was brilliant and courageous. how many people knew that not long before she disappeared she taught at Perdu University in Michigan on av [...]

    8. A most fascinating subject, written in such a tedious, lackluster, flat style. I almost gave up on this audio version several times but I am so interesting in Amelia that I made up my mind I would get through this book if it killed me. There are great nuggets of the life of Amelia tucked into the dry uninteresting lists of facts that tries to pass for writing. Sorry but this book is bad. I don't want to read about every person that Amelia ever interacted with and what they wore and who their par [...]

    9. This is the biography of Amelia Earhart, and it's so interesting. Can you believe that when she began to fly, women pilots were not allowed to fly when they were on their menses!!!!!!!!! (Well, you know how Crazy and unstable we women are). This is just one of so many interesting views of the times that she had to overcome to make her dreams come true. It's a great read--very well written.

    10. RE: _East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart_ by Susan Butler mentions this book in the writing credits of the 2009 movie, "Amelia". See the page at:/title/tt1129445/f

    11. at the start of this book I could have give up but no I carried on it was OK I found it to keep repeating itself quiet a bit.The story on Amelia don't really start till 20 pages in.

    12. Most of the world knows AE as a master aviator and an enigmatic legend that disappeared during an attempted round-the-world flight in 1937. What this book does is capture the lesser known facts of her life outside of flying, and gives a glimpse into her indomitable spirit, her guts, her fearlessness in all things.Family - She was adored by family and friends as a girl. She was everyone's favorite babysitter and storyteller. Amelia's father was an alcoholic and her parents eventually divorced, le [...]

    13. I finished this biography the morning before news broke of the newly discovered photograph supposedly showing Amelia and Frank alive after the disappearance of their plane in 1937. Although the appeal of Amelia's story clearly hasn't wained for the public, Butler's biography paints a picture both of why it has not, and also why it should not. Looking deeper into Amelia's family heritage and tumultuous childhood, and giving modern readers a thorough schooling on the state of women's rights - both [...]

    14. I thought this was an excellent, well written, thoroughly engrossing biography of an extraordinary woman who led a fascinating life. Albeit her life was brief and her disappearance more than 80 years ago still appears from time to time in an attempt to solve this mystery, she would become the heroine to young women everywhere to be all they can be, dare to dream and make the most of their lives. I highly recommend.

    15. Amelia has always been my biggest shero. Though I have heard and read various stories about her, this is the first biography I have ever read about her. I am pleased to say that Ms. Butler has done an excellent job of trying to set the record straight. Granted, this is the only biography of Ms. Earhart that I have ever read, but I think it could well be the best and most accurate. I highly recommend this book to all Earhartphiles.

    16. Like other reviewers, I find Amelia Earhart's life fascinating, but felt the presentation of it in this biography quite tedious. On further research, I found that Thomas Gore was a Congressman from Oklahoma, not Tennessee as stated in the book. This error causes me wonder what other information is also wrong.

    17. Amelia Earhart is amazing. This biography is super dull, too long, and managed to turn a fascinating trailblazer into a tedium. Also, the 2006 movie with Hilary Swank and Richard Gere that was based off this book? Snoozefest. Just skip it. They left out all the good parts and focused on the more mundane aspects of her life. Blah.

    18. I learned so much about Amelia Earhart. She was so much more than a pilot. I had been unaware of her dedication to advancing the opportunities for women in typically male dominated fields. Also her dedication to improving the lives of the poor through her social work.

    19. Very detailed but also pretty dry. I love reading about Amelia but this was hard to get into for portions of the book.

    20. An engaging book about a interesting and admirable woman -- although the author's determination to spin everything in a way to assure readers that Amelia had no flaws was at times obvious and tedious.

    21. A few years ago, when I first began reading and reviewing biographies, I came across an unfamiliar word I had to look up in the dictionary - "hagiography." The first definition said "a biography of Saints" and the second "a worshipful or idealizing biography." And this book is an excellent example of a hagiography, especially that second definition. Most people have heard of Amelia Earhart, famous aviatrix who vanished somewhere over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to fly around the world in [...]

    22. Susan Butler's "East to the Dawn: the life of Amelia Earhart," is hands-down the best book I have read about Amelia Earhart. It was meticulously researched (it took her 10 years to research and write the book, and it shows) and also included insights into the life of this early 20th Century feminist that could only have been provided by a woman author. In much the same way that Doris Goodwin Kearns brought a woman's insight into the White House life of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt in "No Ordin [...]

    23. I only finished reading this book because I knew so little about Amelia Earhart before I started reading it - namely the fatal attempt to circumnavigate the world - that learning anything would be a bonus. I feel like I learned about her in spite of the author's best intentions. When the author wasn't be repetitive she was being contradictory. Chronology and logic had no room in this book, characters and events were mentioned, discarded and then brought back out of context many chapters later. T [...]

    24. As biographies go, I really enjoyed this one. I suppose that is a credit to both Amelia Earhart and Susan Butler. The former for having lived such an interesting life and the latter for presenting a comprehensive and, for the most part, highly readable account of that life. I guess I'm really just a sucker for travelers and adventurers when it comes down to it.Having said that I do have a few minor complaints. The first one being the family history and lineage in the beginning. To be perfectly h [...]

    25. I read this book two two reasons: Secondly, I was tasked with a biography for the 2016 Read Harder Challenge; Firstly, I own "The Sound of Wings" by Mary Lovell but haven't been able to convince myself to continue it, though I really liked it when I started it in May 2014. "East to Dawn" is interesting, providing a wide view lens on Amelia and her life, motivations, and background. Some of the technical details made the reading dry at times, and I was thankful to be reading it by audiobook, tho [...]

    26. Growing up, whenever I heard about Amelia Earhart is was in the context of her mysterious disappearance, and speculation about what happened to her. I never really heard anything about her life before that flight, and very little about anything before her disappearance.Susan Butler's East to the Dawn spends refreshingly little time on her final flight, focusing on her life instead of her disappearance (although the final chapters of course spend time on her attempted round-the-world flight with [...]

    27. You know you're reading a good biography when, even though you know Amelia Earhart was the first woman to cross the Atlantic on an airplane, you're on the edge of your seat as the author details the race to be the first. This was a very fun biography to read. Earhart's passion and love of exploring shined through, making it easy to see why people who knew her personally adored her.It was fascinating to learn that, in addition to being a talented pilot, Earhart was also incredibly smart. She wrot [...]

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