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Chasing the Wind: The Autobiography of Steve Fossett Hardcover – March 9, 2010
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His great achievement, in my opinion, is his ability to convince a team of dogs to sucessfully complete the Idenorod dogsled race, and then at another time, adjust his body in such a way as to be able to fly around the world in record time, without any sleep. Buy this book, read it, and then give it to the local library in your town!
As I write this review, I keep looking at the book's cover. It is a close-up of Steve standing by the Global Flyer, the plane he flew solo around the world. He is dressed in a white "Right Stuff' looking flight suit. But the round face, thinning hair and cherubic smile on this 63 year old face seems incongruous for an adventurer with a list of "firsts' that runs for pages.
This book stuffs you into the cramped cockpits of airplanes and the windswept decks of unimaginably big and fast sailboats. You and Steve are suspended in the cold thin upper atmosphere in a gas balloon or soaring to great heights and speeds in a high tech glider. He was looking forward to sharing with us his next adventure, a deep submersible trip miles down into the Marianas Trench.
Published scarcely a year before his untimely death in rugged mountainous terrain, the epilogue he wrote is all the more poignant: "There are places yet to be explored and important records to be broken." Perhaps because I know my friend has spoken with her since his death, it is Steve Fossett's wife Peggy's words, at the very beginning of the book that stick with me the most. "Do I worry? Well, of course I do, something might be wrong with our marriage if I didn't...I am proud to be his wife, supporter and a member of his crew."
And this reviewer regrets Steve never made it to our luncheon.
I think he also dispels the stereotype of a rich guy paying to sail or buy fancy equipment to win a record. He lays out the importance that teamwork, knowledge, pace, out of box thinking, determination, heart and unforeseen circumstances (such as wind) all play in the final outcome.
The stories and anecdotes will keep your attention the whole way through.
I loved this Book! - God Bless You Steve
I found Steve's approach to describing his adventures to be enlightening. He is vary frank about what did or did not work, as well as the element that chance can play. I somehow imagine that he was just as frank with his clients when explaining the pluses and minuses of a particular stock or commodity.
My only disappointment was the topics that were not covered. He does not describe his single airship record listed in the back, nor his participation in several types of road racing, despite three photos included. Perhaps these did not live up to his goals, but I still would have liked to have heard his take on them.
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Great loss when he died.