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Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2019
Steve Sheinkin’s Born to Fly is a compelling read. Sheinkin recounts the exciting events of The Women’s Air Derby in 1929 with great skill, drawing the reader into the adventure, danger, and mystery that marked that air race. Early airplanes were quite dramatically unreliable. We are so far removed from the race that its outcome is not common knowledge which heightens the suspense of this account. It’s a page-turner. Through his profiles of the early lives of these women, the author not only sets the stage for the race but also provides a broader social context for the importance of the race. Born to Fly leaves no doubt that, even as these women faced and usually surmounted the existential challenges of flight in early airplanes, they faced the pernicious misogyny permeating society at the time which characterized these activities as unsuitable for women. I am not Sheinkin’s target audience, having read the book to preview it for my young granddaughter. She will, I am sure, enjoy it thoroughly. It will come as a surprise to her what barriers and prejudices those amazing pilots faced as women in that day and age, and may help her stand up to those that remain in her life. I highly recommend the book.
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