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The Joy of Ballooning Hardcover – April 1, 1999
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Events have overtaken this short history of ballooning, which ends with Steve Fossett's failed 1998 attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones's successful attempt in Breitling Orbiter 3 may have sparked interest in the sport, though, and Denniston's book is the perfect introduction for the curious. Denniston, a doctor, pilot, and contributing editor to Balloon Life magazine, starts with a short history of ballooning, from the Montgolfier brothers to Ed Yost's creation of the modern hot-air balloon. This is followed by chapters on topics including the physics of balloon flight, balloons in special shapes, balloon competitions, extreme-sport ballooning, goodwill and charity activities, balloon festivals, and a day in the life of a typical commercial balloon pilot. Recommended for libraries in communities that host balloon festivals and where interest in the subject is high. [Over 100 full-color photographs not seen.]ATerry Jo Madden, Boise State Univ. Lib., I.
-ATerry Jo Madden, Boise State Univ. Lib., ID
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Ruth Ludwig, Editor, Ballooning
Maybe it was the photograph of the cow jumping over the moon; or several balloons cheek-by-jowl, jockeying for position during competition.
Somewhere in George Denniston's "The Joy of Ballooning" (Courage Books) it became clear that thrills, cameraderie, humor, creativity and competition are all part of the ballooning experience.
Imagine floating over the Snohomish Valley, or trying to be the first to float three miles to snag the keys of a pickup that are attached to a 30-foot-high pole, or taking your wedding vows in a sky-high ceremony.
Denniston offers an overview of ballooning, from history and physics to extreme ballooning, special shapes and festivals.