Summary: From the day when two bicycle mechanics made the first flight at Kitty Hawk until the end of World War II, Americans invested extraordinary hope in airplanes, expecting them to revolutionize daily life and transform the world. For many, the flying machine became a virtual god. Exploring these early years of aviation, Joseph Corn describes the fascinating, and often bizarre, plans for the future of manned flight (including the Depression-era dream of "an airplane
in every garage") and brings back to life the famous and lesser-known aviators who became American heroes--Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Calbraith P. Rodgers, and many others. Rich in colorful detail, The Winged Gospel: America's Romance with Aviation provides a vivid picture of America in the first half of the century and the exuberant and often utopian response to a major new technology.
Summary: From the day when two bicycle mechanics made the first flight at Kitty Hawk until the end of World War II, Americans invested extraordinary hope in airplanes, expecting them to revolutionize daily life and transform the world. For many, the flying machine became a virtual god. Exploring these early years of aviation, Joseph Corn describes the fascinating, and often bizarre, plans for the future of manned flight (including the Depression-era dream of "an airplane in every garage") and brings back to life the famous and lesser-known aviators who became American heroes--Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Calbraith P. Rodgers, and many others. Rich in colorful detail, The Winged Gospel: America's Romance with Aviation provides a vivid picture of America in the first half of the century and the exuberant and often utopian response to a major new technology. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:01 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press Published: 05/28/2002 International: No
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Corn, Joseph J. : Stanford University
Joseph J. Corn is a senior lecturer in the department of history at Stanford University. He is the co-author of Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future, available from Johns Hopkins.
"Joseph Corn's lively and readable book... is well organized and written, thoroughly researched in primary documentation, and richly anecdotal and fascinating. Here are gathered the couples wedded in the air, the designers of automobiles that fly, the prophets of peace and prosperity--the true believers... in the millennium of flight."
--Alex Roland, Isis
"Corn exploits a wide assortment of books, periodicals, and cultural symbols and is adept at extrapolating evidence to support his thesis that aviation became something of a secular religion, promoting both prosperity and harmony. The author's enthusiasm for his topic is infectious."
--Roger E. Bilstein, Journal of American History
"A lively study."
--Wall Street Journal
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Preface to The Johns Hopkins Edition Preface to the Original Edition
I "The Moment of Miracle" : Americans Greet the Airplane II "A New Sign in the Heavens" : The Prophetic Creed of Flight III "Let Your Airmindedness be Shown Forth Among Men" : Evangelizing for Aviation IV Making Flying "Thinkable" : Women Pilots and the Selling of Aviation V "An Airplane in Every Garage?" The Gospel's Most Pervasive Promise VI Adults and the "Winged Superchildren of Tomorrow" VII Epilogue
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