Jet Age: The Comet, the 707, and the Race to Shrink the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781583334027
Availability: Special Order
Published: Avery - October 14th, 2010

Event date: 
Monday, October 18, 2010 - 7:00pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
98122 Seattle
We are delighted to help celebrate publication, and welcome into the world, Seattle journalist Sam Howe Verhovek's chronicle of a heyday in local and aviation history, Jet Age: The Comet, the 707, and the Race to Shrink the World (Avery). This bracing story tells of the race to develop the first passenger jetliner that would be able to provide trans-oceanic service—this within fifty years of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk. The executives, the engineers, and the test pilots all played key roles—these and more are vividly drawn by Sam Howe Verhovek, a former national correspondent for The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. "In this marvel of a tale, Sam Howe Verhovek reveals the most astounding miracle in modern life, and it's been hiding in plain sight. Forget computers and television, Facebook, and Google. The Jet Age has shrunk our planet, obliterated borders, and changed virtually every aspect of life on earth. At its heart is the gripping story of two extraordinary, larger-than-life men whose race to unlock the secret of jet travel transformed our world." - William Broyles, Jr.