‘Flying Across America’ Book Review

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on March 25, 2012
1956 TWA photograph featuring multiple sets of identical-twin stewardesses.

Flying Across America
By Daniel L. Rust
Hardcover, 272 pages ($45)

It’s hard to remember (or for some to even imagine), but flying was once an elegant, elitist luxury. This illustrated history of America’s air travel industry, packed with vintage photos, advertisements and other illustrations, offers an informative, entertaining look the airline passenger experience and its evolution from bumpy propeller-driven hops to smooth transcontinental opulence, as mid-century pampering gives way to modern-day, post-9/11 stress and frustration over crowded flights, hectic airports, missed connections, lost luggage and security-checkpoint headaches.

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