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More than a decade after the publication of Inside the Sky, Aloft is a completely revised, expanded, and updated edition of this classic text, which is widely regarded as the most lyrical and incisive book on flying.
In these essays, William Langewiesche considers how flying has altered not only how we move about the earth, but also how we view our world and our place in it. With vivid descriptions of the aesthetics and excitement of flight, he also writes of the risks that go with this beauty: the perils of air traffic control, and the dangers of nervous passengers and bad weather. Full of spare and elegant prose, Aloft is a fascinating journey into the sky.
“At once thrilling and informative, awe-inspiring and exact, in places frightening, in other reassuring, and always elegant.” —Booker Prize-winning author John Banville
“A sharp observer and gifted stylist whose sentences often have a kind of poetic precision.” —Washington Post
“Langewiesche’s prose flows seamlessly and elegantly." —San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
“[A] formidable talent . . . whose cool, precise and economical reporting is harnessed to an invigorating moral and intellectual perspective.” —The New York Times