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The skies belong to us : love and terror in the golden age of hijacking

Author: Brendan I Koerner
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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. Some hijackers wished to escape to foreign lands; others aimed to swap hostages for sacks of cash. The longest-distance hijacking in American history took place in 1972 when
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Named Person: Roger Holder; Cathy Kerkow
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brendan I Koerner
ISBN: 9780307886101 0307886107
OCLC Number: 815873432
Description: 318 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: "Keep smiling" --
Coos Bay --
"I don't want to be an American anymore" --
Sweet black angel --
"I'm here and I exist --
Operation Sisyphus --
"There are Weathermen among you" --
"Can't you get a chopper?" --
"It's all a lie" --
The choice --
"We are going to be friends" --
"My only bomb is my human heart" --
"How do you resign from a revolution?" --
"The Olympics wasn't anything" --
"Monsieur Lecanuet, anyone can steal--
" --
Omega --
Tweety Bird --
Erased.
Responsibility: Brendan I. Koerner.

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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. Some hijackers wished to escape to foreign lands; others aimed to swap hostages for sacks of cash. The longest-distance hijacking in American history took place in 1972 when a shattered Army veteran and a mischievous party girl, Roger Holder and Cathy Kerkow, commandeered Western Airlines Flight 701 as a vague war protest. 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. Journalist Brendan I. Koerner spent four years chronicling this madcap tale, which involves a cast of characters ranging from exiled Black Panthers to African despots to French movie stars.--From publisher description.

Documents the 1972 story behind the longest-distance hijacking in U.S. history, tracing the events of the hijacking against a backdrop of civil unrest and the skyjacking wave of the early 1970s.

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