Sky as Frontier
Adventure, Aviation, and Empire
By (author) David T. Courtwright
Sky as Frontier by David T. Courtwright
Book DescriptionAviation's frontier stage lasted a scant three decades, then vanished as flying became a settled experience. Sky as Frontier shows how commercial and military imperatives destroyed this pioneer world by routinizing flight. Along the way, Courtwright stops to consider dogfighting, barnstorming, the first air mail pilots, the development of airlines, air power during World War II, flight's impact on the environment, the troubled space frontier, and how the male-dominated aviation enterprise was domesticated and democratized. The history of American flight shows a fateful trade-off. Rationalization killed the adventure in flying but made possible rapid aerial expansion. With it came commercial growth and global military reach. In no other country did social life, business, and military operations become so intertwined with aerospace advances or have such large consequences for national power and prestige.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781585444199
(235mm x 156mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Texas A & M University Press
Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
Publish Date: 30-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author David T. Courtwright
No Right Turn, Hardback (October 2010)
Offering an overview of a half century of American politics, this book looks at the counterrevolutionary dreams of liberalism's enemies - to overturn people's reliance on expanding government, reverse the moral and sexual revolutions, and win the Culture War - and finds them largely unfulfilled.
Dark Paradise, Paperback (July 2001)
This edition offers an interpretation of a puzzling chapter in American social and medical history: the dramatic change in the pattern of opiate addiction-from respectable upper-class matrons to lower-class urban males, often with a criminal record.
Violent Land, Paperback (March 1998)» View all books by David T. Courtwright
This work offers a diagnosis of the violence in American society - why it is so prevalent, and what and who are responible. The author takes a long view of his subject, developing the historical pattern of violence and disorder.
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Author Biography - David T. Courtwright
David T. Courtwright's recent books include Violent Land: Single Men and Social Disorder from the Frontier to the Inner City and the prize-winning Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida, and teaches at the University of North Florida.
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