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The Story of Amelia Earhart Paperback – July 5, 2012
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Let me begin with what I liked about the book. First, I really enjoyed the layout of the numerous colorful pictures. Also, with this book I got some sense of what Amelia Earhart's life was like and how she was like as a woman, but I wanted to know more about the woman and less about the ideas about her disappearance. In fact, the reason I chose this book was to learn about her life, not about the mystery surrounding her disappearance, so unfortunately, this is where my praise of the book ends and my criticism begins.
On top of my other critical points, I saw many technical points to correct. First, the fonts were different everywhere. The letters were huge at the top, a medium size in the middle part and tiny at the end. Although this doesn’t take away from the contents of the story, it was distracting. Second, and most importantly, the book was confusing to read. There was information on many of the people around Amelia Earhart, but the way the book was written made it hard to keep track of them. For example it introduced a new person without giving any information about the relation to Ms. Earhart until further on in the book. On top of that, the names were written in initials like AE or GP and that made me go, "What?!" Using initials is okay, but the way I have seen it done before is the first time the name is used, the initials are written after the name in parenthesis. Mr. Bowman didn't do that and the use was inconsistent throughout. Finally, I couldn't even read some of the sentences because the words were missing. Like on page 55, the words are cut off on the right side of the page.
All-in-all, even though this book had great photos and some interesting information, there wasn’t enough information about Ms. Earhart the woman, and the way the book was put together made it difficult to read.
An excellent book by David K. Bowman about the life of Amelia Earhart and not just about her last flight and final demise. It is very nicely illustrated and laid out from her early days right up to her final demise.
David Bowman discusses her many aviation achievements in a very nice format. He discusses the many books written about her and the various theorys about her last flight. The book is so nicely done it makes a beautiful "coffee table" book.
David is a much published author and a member of tha Amelia Earhart Society Of Researchers.
The bad: The book would have benefited greatly from the services of a good editor. The sloppy writing and grammatical and punctuation errors were numerous and distracting.
In all: I'm glad I was able to borrow this for free through my Prime account. I would have been disappointed if I'd paid money for it, but I don't consider my time wasted having read it.