The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking

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Toller Buchtrailer für Brendan I. Koerners „The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking“, eine Love- und Crime-Story in den 60s. Das Buch behandelt in diesem Rahmen wohl auch noch sowas wie die Geschichte der Flugzeugentführungen im Pre-9/11-Amerika. Hab' ich mir grade für meinen Kindle vorgestellt, das Teil erscheint im Juni. Auch hübsch: Als Promo-Tool posten sie jeden Tag auf Tumblr den Skyjacker of the Day.

In an America torn apart by the Vietnam War and the demise of sixties idealism, airplane hijackings were astonishingly routine. Over a five-year period starting in 1968, the desperate and disillusioned seized commercial jets nearly once a week. Their criminal exploits mesmerized the country, never more so than when the young lovers at the heart of The Skies Belong to Us pulled off the longest-distance hijacking in American history.

A shattered Army veteran and a mischievous party girl, Roger Holder and Cathy Kerkow commandeered Western Airlines Flight 701 as a vague protest against the war. Through a combination of savvy and dumb luck, the couple managed to flee across an ocean with a half-million dollars in ransom, a feat that made them notorious around the globe. Over the ensuing years, their madcap adventures on the lam would involve exiled Black Panthers, African despots, and French movie stars.

Yet The Skies Belong to Us is more than just an enthralling yarn about a spectacular heist and its bittersweet aftermath. It is also a psychological portrait of America at its most turbulent, and a testament to the madness that can grip a nation when politics fail.

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