• The Man Who Fell from the Sky

  • The Bizarre Life and Death of '20s Tycoon Alfred Loewenstein
  • By: William Norris
  • Narrated by: Tom Beyer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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The Man Who Fell from the Sky

By: William Norris
Narrated by: Tom Beyer
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Captain Alfred Lowenstein was known as many things during his glamorous and gaudy life. Companion of the Bath, friend of kings, an aviator and sportsman, a maker and loser of fortunes, and most favorably, a multi-millionaire. That is, until his mysterious death.

On a July evening in 1928, Lowenstein boarded his aircraft with six others to travel from England to Brussels. He never arrived. While flying over the English Channel, Lowenstein fell through an exit door of the airplane on his way to the lavatory.

People were quick to explain his mysterious death. Many said his fall was an accident, while others speculated that he jumped from the plane to commit suicide. And of course, there were the more sinister theories claiming that someone pushed him out of the aircraft. But who? And why?

Investigative journalist William Norris develops a theory of how and why this prominent, rich, and famous man died so violently without any explanation or official investigation. Did Lowenstein fall, did he jump, or was he pushed from his own aircraft?

The Man Who Fell from the Sky contains excitement and mystery as Norris researches the business tycoon's life, death, and aftermath of his demise and comes to a conclusion of how Alfred Lowenstein vanished into thin air.

©2020 William Norris (P)2021 CamCat Publishing

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Quite compelling

A rather entertaining account of a mostly forgotten story of intrigue. I knew nothing of the story, but the book kept me interested throughout. There are times in which the backstory of financial dealings, set as a backdrop to possible motives for murder, drags a bit, but thankfully not for long. I was pleasantly surprised at the tone of the book, much more deliberate and professional that the author's effort on the Lindbergh kidnapping. It should be noted that the book was apparently written in 1987, though that information was not readily available at the time of purchase or of this review. It's not terribly significant, but for the fact that the author's timelines and interviews with people with first-hand memories of the 1920s does make one wonder in 2021. Altogether a good listen, with a solid presentation of a theory to explain the mystery.

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  • 11-06-22

could have been better

started well but ran out of puff. how can you not mention the fact he was involved in the drug trade with Arnold Rothstein? too many reading out numbers as well