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by Ernest K. Gann

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Ernest K. Gann
Ballantine Books (February 1, 1970)
Arts & Literature
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Unless, it is a book by Ernest Gann. I think you have to develop a taste for his style of writing

Unless, it is a book by Ernest Gann. I think you have to develop a taste for his style of writing. I gave a copy to my brother who claims to also be an avid reader, he could not stand the book at all. He didn't even get through the first chapter. John Baker, Dec 24, 2008.

Fate Is the Hunter is a 1961 memoir by aviation writer Ernest K. Gann. It describes his years working as a pilot from the 1930s to 1950s, starting at American Airlines in Douglas DC-2s and DC-3s when civilian air transport was in its infancy, moving.

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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. Pritchett New Statesman). This book is an episodic log of some of the more memorable of 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.

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Writers: Ernest K. Gann (book), Harold Medford (screenplay). A friend of mine who wouldn't usually go in for this kind of fare, after viewing it with me, said "Fate of the Hunter" turned into a pretty good movie due to the last part

Writers: Ernest K. A friend of mine who wouldn't usually go in for this kind of fare, after viewing it with me, said "Fate of the Hunter" turned into a pretty good movie due to the last part. Glenn Ford has some good scenes, particularly during the CAB hearing and Rod Taylor is likeable in his role.

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 Tribune)

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In the beginning many of us were scientific barbarians. We had neither the need nor the opportunity for technical culture. The interior of a cloud was a muggy and unpleasant place.

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 Tribune). In the beginning many of us were scientific barbarians.

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  • This is the book that pushed me over the edge, prompting me to make my own journey from being an enthusiastic Private Pilot to becoming a Captain at a major airline, over the course of thirty years. This is Gann's autobiography and follows his amazing flying career, starting with his new-hire class at American Airlines during the 1930's. During World War II, he flies cargo missions across the Atlantic, and alsó in Asia across the Himalayas, usually tired, overloaded, in the most dreadful weather, with dead reckoning often the primary means of navigation.

    It is a riveting true story that makes the reader feel like an invisible observer riding along on the jumpseat during countless flights, dealing with mechanical failures, perfect storms, colorful characters, and inevitable human error. Gann has a disarming honesty, disavowing any heroic mantle or superhuman airmanship. He is a highly skilled master of his craft, but he grimly comes to acknowledge that Fate or chance circumstance will often be the salvation of one man and his plane, or a cruel grim reaper to another, for no apparent reason.

    Reading this book gives us a greater appreciation of the fine transport category aircraft we enjoy flying today, and the myriad ways safety has been enhanced. I have read it numerous times over the years, with new perspective as I had my own moments of elation or despair. Although written many years ago, the job and the circumstances of professional aviation still have a great deal in common with those long ago days. Many times I have thought of a situation from this book as I faced a similar hazard or situation. You will too. I am sure you will also become a better pilot by reading this book, and gain a greater appreciation of the flying pioneers who came before us. Who knows, it may inspire you to make the leap, as it did for me many years ago.

  • This is Ernest K. Gann's semi-autobiographical, seminal work covering his career in commercial aviation from the 1930's through WWII and the post-war years. Gann flew twin and four-engined aircraft for American Airlines and the Air Transport Command in WWII. The narrative covers a series of incidents and accidents, and a plethora of pilots, co-pilots, navigators, radio operators, flight engineers and other airline employees who took part in Gann's career. There is a central question that the book tries to answer, and it is right in the title. Throughout Gann's flying time, he was part of, or witness to aviation close calls and disasters. Weather, equipment, and pilot error may be the answers the accident investigators attributed, but why did one airplane go down in a ball of flame, and Gann's airplane fly with the same circumstances, but land safely. How many times can fate be the answer, to living to tell the tale, while mourning the loss of another captain, crew, and passengers.

    Gann's writing style is very personal in the book, and the people he describes become personal to the reader, through Gann's writing skill. Ross, Beatie, Keim, and scores of other characters will seem like they were part of your crew, if you give Ernest Gann the chance to tell you about them.

  • These stories of the early days of commercial airline flying are amazing. And the fact that Gann survived through his flying career
    is even more amazing. He recounts at least half-a-dozen flying misadventures where his survival was essentially a coin-toss. And the book
    is replete with names of his friends and colleagues who lost the toss. Gann is an amazing writer. To me, there are three kinds of writers. The first are so bad that you notice the writing because it gets in the way. The second are good and the writing becomes transparent as you read. And the third are so good that you notice the writing again, because its elegance and style and freshness slap you in the face - when you read Gann, be prepared to get slapped silly.

  • Reads like novel in almost poetic style with thriller contents. One of the first airline pilots that started his career in the barnstorming days. Numerous stories about his personal experiences within the hard 'boot camp' of being trained and selected for flight in the old days, stories relating to the problems with the aircraft, the engines, the weather, the navigation, the specific relationship and psychology between captain and co-pilot. As you read, you must turn the pages since you want the solution to a specific mystery that he is presenting; with an engine that is causing trouble that he is telling about, and he adds his sentiments around the situation, including the mood of the crew around him. As the title suggests, early aviation took its toll regarding deaths in air accidents. Interwoven in the narrative, he is mentioning the names of all his contemporaries that sacrificed their lives in the promotion of civil aviation.
    Mr Gann is an Aviator with capital C, but he is also a philosopher and a master with words. I have just ordered another of his books, Flying Circus - looking forward to that.