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The skies belong to us : love and terror in the golden age of hijacking / Brendan I. Koerner.


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Koerner, Brendan I., author.
Publication date:
First edition.
New York : Crown Publishers, [2013]
  • Book
  • 318 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Title Variation:
Love and terror in the golden age of hijacking
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-- "
  • Omega
  • Tweety Bird
  • Erased.
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.

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