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Working the Skies

Working the Skies

The Fast-paced, Disorienting World of the Flight Attendant

  • Author: Drew Whitelegg
  • Publisher: NYU Press
  • ISBN: 0814794076
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 290
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"A well-written and thorough treatment of the occupational demands and biography of the flight attendant. Working the Skies describes both how the work shapes the personal lives of those in the profession, as well as how work can be 'chosen' in an effort to craft a particular kind of life. The book also illustrates how the process of globalization has moved the profession 'backwards' in terms of working conditions and compensation-challenges faced by workers in numerous other professions."--Veronica Jaris Tichenor, author of Earning More And Getting Less: Why Successful Wives Can't Buy EqualityGet ready for takeoff. The life of the flight attendant, a.k.a., stewardess, was supposedly once one of glamour, exotic travel and sexual freedom, as recently depicted in such films as Catch Me If You Can and View From the Top. The nostalgia for the beautiful, carefree and ever helpful stewardess perhaps reveals a yearning for simpler times, but nonetheless does not square with the difficult, demanding and sometimes dangerous job of today's flight attendants. Based on interviews with over sixty flight attendants, both female and male labor leaders, and and drawing upon his observations while flying across the country and overseas, Drew Whitelegg reveals a much more complicated profession, one that in many ways is the quintessential job of the modern age where life moves at record speeds and all that is solid seems up in the air.Containing lively portraits of flight attendants, both current and retired, this book is the first to show the intimate, illuminating, funny, and sometimes dangerous behind-the-scenes stories of daily life for the flight attendant. Going behind the curtain, Whiteleggventures into first-class, coach, the cabin, and life on call for these men and women who spend week in and

Saffron Skies

Saffron Skies

  • Author: Lesley Lokko
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1409106233
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 688
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Spanning five decades, SAFFRON SKIES is a magnificent story of sisters, friends, families and love. MAX SALL, powerful, wealthy and utterly ruthless, a man without a past ... His wife, ANGELA, a society debutante who fell in love with the dark, handsome stranger, and broke her parents' hearts when she married him ... His mistress, FRANCESCA, the glamorous air stewardess, who saw in Max her ticket out of the Italian provinces and grabbed it - and him - with both hands ... And his daughters: AMBER, more like her father than she'll ever know, smart, shrewd and determined to achieve, whatever the cost; and PAOLA, groomed by her mother to succeed where she failed, in getting a man to marry her. Max's women are very different, but they all demand his attention. While Amber and Paola are growing up in the 1970s, their mothers somehow find a way to share Max between them. But when Amber and Paola fall in love with the same man two decades later, they're determined that this time there will be no sharing...

Electronics In The Evolution Of Flight

Electronics In The Evolution Of Flight

  • Author: Albert D. Helfrick
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • ISBN: 9781585444137
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 190
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Helfrick traces the paired history of modern aviation and electronics from its earliest years to the industrial force it is today.

The Fourth War

The Fourth War

  • Author: Chris Stewart
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • ISBN: 1429909250
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 400
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Along the Afghanistan border, a CIA agent meets secretly with a distraught Arab girl. She passes him a coded message before killing herself. But before the message can be deciphered, the world spins toward war: Within hours, the president of Pakistan is assassinated, and the country's nuclear warheads go missing. Al Qaeda streams into northern Pakistan. Israel puts her combat forces on hair-trigger alert. CIA paramilitary agent Peter Zembeic is given the impossible task of finding and destroying the missing warheads. Working with his best friend, a B-2 pilot, they develop a desperate plan to save the world from the threat of nuclear terror.

Heroes of the Skies

Heroes of the Skies

  • Author: Michael Ashcroft
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0755363914
  • Category: History
  • Page: 400
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Since the dawn of aerial combat in the First World War, the heroism of the men who put their lives at risk in the air has known no bounds. There were no more heroic airmen than the fighter pilots and bomber crews of the Second World War - men who sacrificed their own lives in order to save their crew or who, although in extreme pain, managed to get their aircraft home rather than risk becoming PoWs. In telling the stories of more than eighty such men, Heroes of the Skies paints a picture of aerial combat from the First World War right through to Afghanistan, and allows us to celebrate the extraordinary feats of our flying heroes.

What the Family Needed

What the Family Needed

A Novel

  • Author: Steven Amsterdam
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101603801
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 272
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In this incandescent novel, a family’s superpowers bestow not instant salvation but the miracle of accepting who they are. “Okay, tell me which you want,” Alek asks his cousin at the outset of What the Family Needed. “To be able to fly or to be invisible.” And soon Giordana, a teenager suffering the bitter fallout of her parents’ divorce, finds that she can, at will, become as invisible as she feels. Later, Alek’s mother, newly adrift in the disturbing awareness that all is not well with her younger son, can suddenly swim with Olympic endurance. Over three decades, in fact, each member of this gorgeously imagined extended family discovers, at a moment of crisis, that he or she possesses a supernatural power. But instead of crimes to fight and villains to vanquish, they confront inner demons, and their extraordinary abilities prove not to be magic weapons so much as expressions of their fears and longings as they struggle to come to terms with who they are and what fate deals them. As the years pass, their lives intersect and overlap in surprising and poignant ways, and they discover that the real magic lies not in their superpowers but in the very human and miraculous way they are able to accept, protect, and love one another.

The Workers' War

The Workers' War

British Industry and the First World War

  • Author: Anthony Burton
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • ISBN: 0750957182
  • Category: History
  • Page: 224
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The First World War: famous for the unprecedented loss of life on a global scale that affected the world forever. However, it wasn’t only in terms of bloodshed that the war rocked the nation, but also with its effect on the industrial integrity of Britain. This was a war not just of fighting, but of technological and industrial advances, in all areas from aviation and shipbuilding, to food production. Industries leapt ahead in terms of development over the four-year period: from the Wright Brothers in 1903 to the Sopwith Camel in 1917, and the first motorcars to the tank within twenty years. On a social level working Britain experienced change as well: with the men at war, it fell to the women of the country to keep the factories going. Here Burton explores one of the foremost paradigm shifts of the First World War.

The Buried Path

The Buried Path

  • Author: The Journeyman
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • ISBN: 1445713608
  • Category:
  • Page: 421
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There comes a time in almost all our lives when we look for answers to that which lays beyond our everyday horizons. We search for reason, truth and bearing to deepen who we are and give our world value and meaning. All that is difficult to unravel though when the very life we live is twisted and wrapped tightly within the labyrinth we unknowingly dwell. Contorted and bent out of shape by all that and those around us, with the reality of our being buried beneath the lies on which we walk. Those answers however are often hard to find when we don't even know what the questions are we need to ask.

Taking Flight: Inspirational Stories of Lung Transplantation More Journeys

Taking Flight: Inspirational Stories of Lung Transplantation More Journeys

  • Author: Lung Recipients Around the World
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing
  • ISBN: 1426968744
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 344
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My Truth from the Top

My Truth from the Top

Observations from Inside the Hqs

  • Author: Sergeant Major Patrick Durr
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 1479765457
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 200
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After 9/11, controversy had stirred when news broke that the U.S. military was conducting a War on Terror initiative. Many American civilians and civic groups have relentlessly expressed their disdain against sending American soldiers to Afghanistan to participate in this war-on-terror. Nonetheless, despite these protests, off-shore military operations still continue. What many Americans need to understand is why these kinds of military actions and interventions are necessary. MY TRUTH FROM THE TOP offers perspective on the necessity of taking the war outside the borders of America in order to protect the American people. Created by author Sergeant Major Patrick Durr, this book takes readers to an up-close and personal glimpse into the daily battles of American soldiers stationed halfway across the globe. Through the one-years worth of daily notes and writings of the author, readers can learn to appreciate what the American leaders and soldiers in Afghanistan are doing in order to preserve the peace and freedom of their homeland. Citing the amount of sacrifice they have endured in order to bring the war outside and away from the gates of America, this book reveals the real-life situations and compelling truths that describe what it is really like to defend ones own country. With illustrations, letters, communications and narratives, this work highlights the events that have been obscured from the knowledge of many Americans. Insightful and informative, MY TRUTH FROM THE TOP is a groundbreaking book that provides understanding, learning and growth. Engaging, it leads people out of the confines of ignorance about what really goes on in the world, beyond the comforts of their civilized societies. It educates Americans on the streets about what their government leaders, politicians and military forces know.