Just about everyone’s heard of Amelia Earhart, darling aviatress of the 1900s. But I for one knew little about the real woman.
This biography does a much better job of exploring Earhart’s life than Amelia Earhart which focused exclusively on the events of Amelia’s childhood. An understanding of Amelia’s childhood is essential to an understanding of her adulthood – her parents’ views and behavior affected her dramatically – but it can’t end there. In this book we are treated to an exploration of both halves of her life, including dramatic tales from her years in the sky.
Parents may be concerned to find that on page 50 Amelia asks her fiancée to agree to let her divorce him if, after a year, they find themselves unhappy with each other. This is more clearly understood, however, when we know that Amelia’s own father destroyed their otherwise happy family through his alcoholism when she was in her teens.
Conclusion. An interesting account of a legendary aviator!
Review © 2015 Laura Verret