- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: Vintage/ Random (1998)
- ASIN: B003TOD2G8
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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Inside the Sky: a meditation on flight
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Top Customer Reviews
The reader should not be discouraged by the first essay in the volume, a meditation on perspective which probably is better read last. Rather, skip to others and absorb how the author's adopted home--the sky--has enveloped his predecessors, his contemporaries and himself.
Other reviewers have compared William to his father, Wolfgang Langewiesche. The comparison is unfair to both men. "Inside the Sky" is no more a manual of flight than "Stick and Rudder" is a meditation on the topic. Readers, airmen or not, are the richer for the writings of father and son.
I can't overstate how much I enjoyed this book. Flying is so much more that just piloting an airplane through the sky and Langewieche captures all this better than anyone else I've ever read.
This book contains not only meditations but also technical information that will keep your interest to the end. I came away feeling I had learned something new in more ways than one about the space above and my interest in aviation has been boosted by this book. Each chapter leaves plenty of room for meditating on that certain aspect leaving at the end a panoramic view of the world above.
People of all levels of interest in aviation should read this book: from the person afraid of flying as it explains in realistic terms what causes trouble in flight in a manner that neither glosses over the facts that accidents do happen or scare the dickens out of you, to pilots who inhabit the sky more than the ground by renewing or boosting their love for the world above.
Six years later, and four years after I left air traffic control, I reread the article which appears as one of the seven chapters in Inside the Sky. This time around, the article didn't seem quite as even-handed to me. While Langewiesche doesn't seem to find either management or the union admirable, he really does a number on the controllers, belittling the work they do.
I could go on about Slam and Jam, but I really don't imagine that anyone outside the business of commercial flight would be interested in it in any case. If I hadn't had a professional interest in the subject, I doubt I would have read the article at all.
There are two chapters devoted to air crashes. Even as someone who has more than an average interest in aviation, I do not care to dwell on air crashes and other disasters. I read them when they first appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, and did not feel compelled to read them again. It seems that Langewiesche has made a second career (after a career as a pilot) of examining crashes and other disasters, which is a shame.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mr. Langewiesche is quite a brilliant gentleman. This book is both interesting and odd. I doubt that everyone would find this book to be an enjoyable read, though I did. Read morePublished 9 months ago by K. Thurm
The author seemed to be preoccupied with himself and his thesaurus.Published 14 months ago by J. Amos
Not the escapism I hoped for.
For those of you who insist on reading this, do so at your own risk: while the book has its moments, and brings you into the cockpit of... Read more
I love this book. Years ago I had read his fathers amazing,"Stick and Rudder", the ultimate primer for a budding pilot, as I was learning to fly. Read morePublished on August 16, 2009 by M. Walton
This book chagned the way I think about flying. In general it is well written and has the added value of being written by someone who is obviously intimately familiar with the... Read morePublished on May 21, 2001 by Joshua Hershberg
Langewiesche is a gifted writer. It is a daunting task to put into words the emotion and spirit involved in flying, but he does a fantastic job of adding spiritual dimension to... Read morePublished on October 18, 2000
Some of the puzzlement generated by this book and expressed in the reviews may be generated by the fact of Langewiesche's genre. Read morePublished on September 12, 2000 by Edward G. Nilges
An collection of essays united mainly by their general theme of perspective, this book reminded me of John McPhee's work, except that the author is both a flyer and a writer, and... Read morePublished on April 24, 2000