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East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart | [Susan Butler]

East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart

The image we have of Amelia Earhart today - a tousle-haired, androgynous flier clad in shirt, silk scarf, leather jacket, and goggles - is only one of her many personas, most of which have been lost to us through the years. Through years of research and interviews with many of the surviving people who knew Amelia, Susan Butler has recreated a remarkably vivid and multifaceted portrait of this enigmatic figure.
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Publisher's Summary

The image we have of Amelia Earhart today - a tousle-haired, androgynous flier clad in shirt, silk scarf, leather jacket, and goggles - is only one of her many personas, most of which have been lost to us through the years. Through years of research and interviews with many of the surviving people who knew Amelia, Susan Butler has recreated a remarkably vivid and multifaceted portrait of this enigmatic figure. Listeners will experience Amelia in all her permutations: not just as a pilot, but also as an educator, a social worker, a lecturer, a businesswoman, and a tireless promoter of women's rights. We experience a remarkably energetic and enterprising woman who battled incredible odds to achieve her fame, succeeded beyond her wildest dreams, and yet never lost sight of her beginnings, ensuring that her success would secure a path for women after her.

©1997 Susan Butler; (P)1998 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Certainly the single best book that we now have on Earhart's life....Earhart comes into sharper, more realistic focus through Butler's lens." (Washington Post)
"Filled with wonderful details about Earhart's glamorous lifestyle and the wild, dangerous world of early aviators....the still enthralling figure of the aviator...powerfully come[s] through." (Kirkus Reviews)
"The reader closes East to the Dawn with the lingering realization of how truly contemporary Amelia Earhart remains and with a new understanding of the love and admiration she earned from colleagues and the public at large....her insistence on being her own person while fighting for causes larger than herself continue to command our respect and fuel our dreams." (Los Angeles Times)

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    Eric Marysville, OH, USA 06-28-07
    Eric Marysville, OH, USA 06-28-07
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    "The Definitive Biography"

    Much like "Hughes" was the definitive biography of Howard Hughes, "East to the Dawn" is for Amelia Earhart. Both books show all facets of these aviation pioneers. And both dive into the little details of not only the subjects but also of the environment in which they lived.

    The narration is lovely, and easy to follow. The only negative is that the genealogy of Ms. Earhart at the beginning is a little dry (though important for a definitive biography). It picks up tremendously once the book focuses on Amelia.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Houston, Texas, United States 03-23-12
    Barbara Houston, Texas, United States 03-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Searching for the "who" of Amelia Earhart"

    In many fictional or biographical accounts of this interesting and forward thinking woman the emphasis is usually placed on her last flight, where she went down and what happened to her.
    In this book by Susan Butler we get to see and understand the person behind the public persona: from her scandalous affairs to her Clothing line for Women and from her fierce loyalty to her casual betrayals of those close to her. What Ms. Butler portrays is a complex and even conflicted figure.
    The narrator does a substantial job of taking this book from text to audio.
    Even if you are not an Ameliaphile, this book is well worth the price.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    E. 01-27-09
    E. 01-27-09
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    "a timeless life"

    Amelia made some very surprising twists and turns in life to find herself a competitive flyer. This biography pays homage to her selflessness, zest for life, and adaptability to good times and bad. You will see yourself in her conflict between her desire for independence, and the struggle with rootlessness. A complete picture of Amelia as a full person, and a must read.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jeannette C. Escutia 06-17-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Knowing more about women and aviation"

    This book was very informative, interesting about the life and limitation of Amelia Earhart. It doesn't try to make her more than she was, more or less perfect. It is fascinating in the advances of avionics at the time, and the roles women had to assume. The narration is fantastic, I sure do miss Anna Fields.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Starlet San Carlos, CA, United States 05-29-10
    Starlet San Carlos, CA, United States 05-29-10 Member Since 2005
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    "I now know Amelia"

    It's an interesting book in that I now know, presumably, Amelia as a person. Her entire life including every family member, friends and foes (actually, I do not think she had any enemies). It is rich with history regarding the beginnings of air flight when it was truly a daring feat. Anyone who is a fan of aeronautics will definitely enjoy this book. For me, it was a little more difficult to get through -- although it was worth the read to learn so much about that time and the types of people who became interested in flying virtual death traps. Even if you have seen the PBS special programs, regarding Amelia, this with take you to much greater heights! However, I have not finished the book yet -- I have a about 4 hours left out of a 19 hour book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gene Crystal Lake, IL, USA 11-14-09
    Gene Crystal Lake, IL, USA 11-14-09 Member Since 2005
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    "I have fallen in love with Amelia"

    Anna Fields does a very good job narrarating this book. I decided to read/listen to this because I myself am a pilot and had always admired AE. After seeing the recent movie starring Hillary Swank, I wanted to know more about this amazing woman. East to the Dawn is another classic example of "the book is much better than the movie." The big screen could never provide the detail that Susan Butler provides. From flying to helping her gender live up to their potential, she was passionate, smart, and effective in her pursuits. One of AE's famous quotes was "The most effective way to do it, is to do it." To me, this simply summarizes her way of life and what made her so special.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Sonoma, CA, United States 07-28-14
    Lynn Sonoma, CA, United States 07-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Do we need to hear every detail?"
    Any additional comments?

    Clearly the author did her research but instead of choosing what to put into the story to make it interesting she put in what seems like every detail anyone ever shared with her about Amelia and her family. And she says over and over 'and even 70 - or 60 or whatever - years later' this person 'still remembers" what ever tiny detail "about Amelia." Often she sites a detail I can remember about people I knew as a child that were NOT famous 15 years after we played together. The narrator seems bored, poor inflection and poor flow in reading the story. Tired to get through more than a few hours, then had to ask myself, why? And stopped it right there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cini Worcester, MA, United States 04-29-14
    Cini Worcester, MA, United States 04-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting!"
    Would you listen to East to the Dawn again? Why?

    No. Too much family history and lots of repetition. If I was actually reading the book I would have skipped through a bunch of pages


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Even though I knew how the story ends, I was still sad. By listening to the book I became attached to Amelia


    Have you listened to any of Anna Fields’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not but I would


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several but the one that comes to mind first is when Amelia agrees to marry George. It seemed to be against her better judgment and I'm not sure why she did it.


    Any additional comments?

    The book doesn't seem well edited but I learned a lot and, for the most part, really enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mary 07-31-12
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    "Did not want it to end!!!"
    Would you listen to East to the Dawn again? Why?

    Probably down the road sometime.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of East to the Dawn?

    Don't have one moment.


    Have you listened to any of Anna Fields’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will look for her reads. Felt like Amelia talking.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    They have and I had to watch it right after the book. It is "Amelia"


    Any additional comments?

    All around outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-17-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-17-12

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Spoiler-proof History"

    We all know what happened. So, no biography of Amelia Earhart can give us a surprise or a happy ending.

    That said, this was a most interesting listen. I'm not a history-of-flight addict and mostly wanted to hear an outstanding woman's story of life in a man's industry. I learned a lot about her and, incidentally, about flying. Earhart is presented here as a fully-dimensional person, with great strengths and pretty great faults too, at times.

    Perhaps because of my lack of fascination with flying itself, the book was somewhat too long for my taste. I stayed with it and, as I have said, learned a lot. Anyone who has a particular interest in the history of aviation may well treasure every word of this long biography. For the rest of us, it's a good look at an intriguing woman and at an exciting era in American history, but it's a bit too long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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