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The Women with Silver Wings


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The thrilling true story of the daring female aviators who helped the United States win World War II-only to be forgotten by the country they served.

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Katherine Sharp Landdeckis an associate professor of history at Texas Woman's University, the home of the WASP archives. A Guggenheim Fellow at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where she earned her Ph.D., Landdeck has received numerous awards for her work on the WASP and has appeared as an expert on NPR's Morning Edition, PBS, and the History channel. Her work has been published inThe Washington Post,The Atlantic, and HuffPost, as well as in numerous academic and aviation publications. Landdeck is a licensed pilot who flies whenever she can.


"Landdeck's profiles of these daring World War II heroines are so brilliantly and vividly drawn that I felt as if I working alongside them--ferrying bombers, towing flying shooting targets (a potentially deadly exercise), and piloting difficult aircraft that the men were too terrified to attempt. The Women with Silver Wings is not just an important slice of history, it's a thrilling page-turner that explores the patriotism, sexism, and camaraderie of the WASPs' world."--Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of The Ghosts of Eden Park

"Historian Katherine Sharp Landdeck's highflying debut The Women with Silver Wings chronicles a cadre of fearless women whose wartime sacrifices were nearly forgotten. . . . [This is] a powerful story of reinvention, community and ingenuity born out of global upheaval."--Newsday "The Women with Silver Wings starts with a dramatic takeoff, introducing a personal story that author Katherine Sharp Landdeck, also a pilot, uses effectively to historicize a little-known, important part of U.S. military aviation. . . . The book is a prime opportunity to admire women in service."--San Francisco Chronicle

"An astounding, definitive history of the [WASP]."--Daily Mail "The Women With Silver Wings is the true story of America's unsung heroines of World War II. Katherine Sharp Landdeck has written a beautifully researched tribute to the courageous women who bravely served their nation in a time of need."--Fannie Flagg, New York Times bestselling author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion "With meticulous research and breathless pacing, The Women With Silver Wings will make you soar with pride at the daring and commitment of America's first women military pilots--and cheer for the men who backed them to the end."--Elizabeth Cobbs, Professor and Melbern Glasscock Chair in American History at Texas A&M University and author of The Hello Girls: America's First Women Soldiers

"Every now and again a truly path-breaking book comes along that completely revises our understanding of the American experience in World War II. This is definitely one of those books! Landdeck has produced a well written, richly researched tour de force about a remarkable group of aviation pioneers. The Women With Silver Wings is bound to become a classic and it will stand the test of time as the best history of the WASPs. I highly recommend it."--John C. McManus, Ph.D., Curators' Distinguished Professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology and author of Fire and Fortitude: The U.S. Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943 "A must-read for those interested in women's and World War II history."--Library Journal (starred review) "Entertaining . . . this colorful history soars."--Publishers Weekly

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