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Fate is the Hunter

By Ernest K. Gann

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Format: Paperback, 390 pages, Touchstone ed Edition
Published In: United States, 01 July 1986
"This book is an episodic log of some of the more memorable of (the author's) nearly 10,000 hours aloft in peace and in war. It is also an attempt to define by example his belief in the phenomenon of luck-- that the pattern of anyone's fate is only partly contrived by the individual".--The New Yorker.

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About the Author

Ernest K. Gann is the author of numerous books, among them The High and the Mighty, Twilight for the Gods, The Aviator, and The Magistrate. He lives in Anacortes, Washington, and continues to write and publish prolifically.

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"New York Times Book Review"Few writers have ever drawn their readers so intimately into the shielded sanctum of the cockpit, and it is here that Mr. Gann is truly the artist. V.S. Pritchett"New Statesman"Mr. Gann is a writer saturated in his subject; he has the skill to make every instant sharp and important and we catch the fever to know that documentary writing does not often invite. "The New Yorker"This book is an episodic log of some of the more memorable of [the author's] nearly ten thousand hours aloft in peace and (as a member of the Air Transport Command) in war. It is also an attempt to define by example his belief in the phenomenon of luck -- that "the pattern of anyone fate is only partly contrived by the individual." Cornelius Ryanauthor of "A Bridge Too Far" and "The Longest DayFate Is the Hunter" is partly autobiographical, partly a chronicle of some of the most memorable and courageous pilots the reader will ever encounter in print; and always this book is about the workings of fate....The book is studded with characters equally as memorable as the dramas they act out. "Chicago Sunday Tribune"This purely wonderful autobiographical volume is the best thing on flying and the meaning of flying that we have had since Antoine de Saint-Exupery took us aloft on his winged prose in the late 1930s and early 1940s....It is a splendid and many-faceted personal memoir that is not only one man's story but the story, in essence, of all men who fly. "Saturday Review"This fascinating, well-told autobiography is a complete refutation of the comfortable cliche that "man is master of his fate." As far as pilots are concerned, fate (or death) is a hunter who is constantly in pursuit of them....There is nothing depressing about "Fate Is the Hunter." There is tension and suspense in it but there is great humor too. Happily, Gann never gets too technical for the layman to understand. Cornelius Ryan author of "A Bridge Too Far" and "The Longest Day Fate Is the Hunter" is partly autobiographical, partly a chronicle of some of the most memorable and courageous pilots the reader will ever encounter in print; and always this book is about the workings of fate....The book is studded with characters equally as memorable as the dramas they act out. "The New Yorker" This book is an episodic log of some of the more memorable of [the author's] nearly ten thousand hours aloft in peace and (as a member of the Air Transport Command) in war. It is also an attempt to define by example his belief in the phenomenon of luck -- that "the pattern of anyone fate is only partly contrived by the individual." "New York Times Book Review" Few writers have ever drawn their readers so intimately into the shielded sanctum of the cockpit, and it is here that Mr. Gann is truly the artist. "Saturday Review" This fascinating, well-told autobiography is a complete refutation of the comfortable cliche that "man is master of his fate." As far as pilots are concerned, fate (or death) is a hunter who is constantly in pursuit of them....There is nothing depressing about "Fate Is the Hunter." There is tension and suspense in it but there is great humor too. Happily, Gann never gets too technical for the layman to understand. V.S. Pritchett "New Statesman" Mr. Gann is a writer saturated in his subject; he has the skill to make every instant sharp and important and we catch the fever to know that documentary writing does not often invite. "Chicago Sunday Tribune" This purely wonderful autobiographical volume is the best thing on flying and the meaning of flying that we have had since Antoine de Saint-Exupery took us aloft on his winged prose in the late 1930s and early 1940s....It is a splendid and many-faceted personal memoir that is not only one man's story but the story, in essence, of all men who fly. "Mr. Gann is a writer saturated in his subject; he has the skill to make every instant sharp and important and we catch the fever to know that documentary writing does not often invite."--V.S. Pritchett "New Statesman " "This book is an episodic log of some of the more memorable of [the author's] nearly ten thousand hours aloft in peace and (as a member of the Air Transport Command) in war. It is also an attempt to define by example his belief in the phenomenon of luck -- that 'the pattern of anyone fate is only partly contrived by the individual.'"--The New Yorker "Few writers have ever drawn their readers so intimately into the shielded sanctum of the cockpit, and it is here that Mr. Gann is truly the artist."--New York Times Book Review ""Fate Is the Hunter" is partly autobiographical, partly a chronicle of some of the most memorable and courageous pilots the reader will ever encounter in print; and always this book is about the workings of fate. . . . The book is studded with characters equally as memorable as the dramas they act out."--Cornelius Ryan, author of A Bridge Too Far and The Longest Day "This fascinating, well-told autobiography is a complete refutation of the comfortable cliche that 'man is master of his fate.' As far as pilots are concerned, fate (or death) is a hunter who is constantly in pursuit of them. . . . There is nothing depressing about Fate Is the Hunter. There is tension and suspense in it but there is great humor too. Happily, Gann never gets too technical for the layman to understand."--Saturday Review "This purely wonderful autobiographical volume is the best thing on flying and the meaning of flying that we have had since Antoine de Saint-Exupery took us aloft on his winged prose in the late 1930s and early 1940s. . . . It is a splendid and many-faceted personal memoir that is not only one man's story but the story, in essence, of all men who fly."--Chicago Sunday Tribune "Fate Is the Hunter is partly autobiographical, partly a chronicle of some of the most memorable and courageous pilots the reader will ever encounter in print; and always this book is about the workings of fate. . . . The book is studded with characters equally as memorable as the dramas they act out."--Cornelius Ryan, author of A Bridge Too Far and The Longest Day "Saturday Review"This fascinating, well-told autobiography is a complete refutation of the comfortable cliche that "man is master of his fate." As far as pilots are concerned, fate (or death) is a hunter who is constantly in pursuit of them....There is nothing depressing about "Fate Is the Hunter." There is tension and suspense in it but there is great humor too. Happily, Gann never gets too technical for the layman to understand. "Chicago Sunday Tribune"This purely wonderful autobiographical volume is the best thing on flying and the meaning of flying that we have had since Antoine de Saint-Exupe ry took us aloft on his winged prose in the late 1930s and early 1940s....It is a splendid and many-faceted personal memoir that is not only one man's story but the story, in essence, of all men who fly. Cornelius Ryanauthor of "A Bridge Too Far" and "The Longest DayFate Is the Hunter" is partly autobiographical, partly a chronicle of some of the most memorable and courageous pilots the reader will ever encounter in print; and always this book is about the workings of fate....The book is studded with characters equally as memorable as the dramas they act out. "The New Yorker"This book is an episodic log of some of the more memorable of [the author's] nearly ten thousand hours aloft in peace and (as a member of the Air Transport Command) in war. It is also an attempt to define by example his belief in the phenomenon of luck -- that "the pattern of anyone fate is only partly contrived by the individual." V.S. Pritchett"New Statesman"Mr. Gann is a writer saturated in his subject; he has the skill to make every instant sharp and important and we catch the fever to know that documentary writing does not often invite. "New York Times Book Review"Few writers have ever drawn their readers so intimately into the shielded sanctum of the cockpit, and it is here that Mr. Gann is truly the artist.

EAN: 9780671636036
ISBN: 0671636030
Publisher: Pocket Books
Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 2.8 centimetres (0.43 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Colin Fountain on
 
A great insite to the risks and challenges for those early commercial airline pilots. Definately for those with a pioneering spirit and a love of the air.
Jeremy Miller on
 
An essential for every aviators bookshelf. A thorougly enjoyable read and exceptionally well described record of the authors experience of pioneering days of aviation.
Jeremy Miller on
 
A great book, a must have on every pilot's bookshelf. Easy to read, great stories told in fine detail. Recommended to me by a very experienced flying instructor prior to commencing instrument rating due to the lessons contained withing the stories.
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This book is a fascinating, autobiographical story of flying during the war and afterwards with a number of civilian airliners. It tells of some 10,000 hours aloft and takes the reader into the cockpit very graphically. The beginning is a bit slow with a writing style that is rather antiquated (if this is the right word) but perservere as once I was into it, I couldn't put it down - literally. Every 5 mins I had I was delving into another chapter. The story illustrates just how dangerous flying was in the years gone by, without modern technology, weather radar and technical aids like GPS, TCAS and automatic pilots and the reader can see how the authors survival was an equal amount of flying skill, lessons learned and lady luck. Thus the title 'Fate is the Hunter'.

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