The skies belong to us : love and terror in the golden age of hijacking
- Koerner, Brendan I., author.
- First edition.
- New York : Crown Publishers, 
- Physical description
- 318 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
HE9803 .Z7 H545 2013
- Unknown HE9803 .Z7 H545 2013
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- "Keep smiling"
- Coos Bay
- "I don't want to be an American anymore"
- Sweet black angel
- "I'm here and I exist
- Operation Sisyphus
- "There are Weathermen among you"
- "Can't you get a chopper?"
- "It's all a lie"
- The choice
- "We are going to be friends"
- "My only bomb is my human heart"
- "How do you resign from a revolution?"
- "The Olympics wasn't anything"
- "Monsieur Lecanuet, anyone can steal-- "
- Tweety Bird
- In an America torn apart by the Vietnam War and the demise of Sixties idealism, airplane hijackings were astonishingly routine. Over a five-year period starting in 1968, the desperate and disillusioned seized commercial jets nearly once a week. Some hijackers wished to escape to foreign lands; others aimed to swap hostages for sacks of cash. The longest-distance hijacking in American history took place in 1972 when a shattered Army veteran and a mischievous party girl, Roger Holder and Cathy Kerkow, commandeered Western Airlines Flight 701 as a vague war protest. Through a combination of savvy and dumb luck, the couple managed to flee across an ocean with a half-million dollars in ransom, a feat that made them notorious around the globe. Journalist Brendan I. Koerner spent four years chronicling this madcap tale, which involves a cast of characters ranging from exiled Black Panthers to African despots to French movie stars.-- From publisher description.
- Publication date
- Brendan I. Koerner.
- Title Variation
- Love and terror in the golden age of hijacking