SAM HOWE VERHOVEK
Monday, October 18, 2010 - 7:00pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
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 servicethis within fifty years of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk. The executives, the engineers, and the test pilots all played key rolesthese 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.