35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Some interesting insights, but a tedious read,
This review is from: Secrets From The Tower: An O'Hare Air Traffic Controller's Personal Stories of Life and Aviation (Paperback)
I'm not a controller, I am a pilot, I grew up in Chicago a half decade before Richards, attended Catholic elementary and high schools, learned to fly at Palwaukee, and thus relate to Richards' Chicagoland and school experiences. (I don't know the author or anyone mentioned in the book.) The autobiographical part is, frankly, boring. It is a self-indulgent purging of internal demons and I found it not the least inspiring or even interesting. I read the book to learn about how ATC works at the Tower (as the book is promoted.) The bits of the book that focus on real incidents and how real situations in the Tower or TRACON are handled are interesting. At the end of the book, I found that I had learned a bit about life and situations in the Tower, but not enough. I also found that I couldn't care less about Richards' personal problems. I suppose if I were a personal friend or colleague of Richards, then that part might be interesting, and hence the comments from controllers who knew him. But otherwise, the personal story is not very interesting. It's worth a read if you fast forward to the anecdotes that occur while he's working in the Tower.