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This well-researched book is a biography of the life and disappearance of Amelia Earhart, the pioneering aviator who was the first woman to fly solo over the Atlantic in 1928. But did Amelia s plane really crash and sink in 1937, or was her fate entirely different?"
Most of the time I believe I know myself really, really well. I mean, I know what I like and what I don’t like and I feel like I’m really in touch, you know? Then I had a conversation with my husband a few nights ago that just threw all of that right out the window. It went something like this:
Me – “Oh, wow! Babe…do you know who was one of the original founders of Delta Airlines?”
Him (after giving me a very perplexed look wondering why I’d ask such a ridiculous question at 1am) – “Ummm…ok. Let me guess. Hmmm. Ok. I have no idea.”
Me – “Amelia Earhart! She actually founded an airline company that eventually became part of the foundation of Delta Airlines. I’m reading a book about her right now and it says right here!”
Him – “Hmm. You have kind of an obsession with her, don’t you?”
I insisted that I didn’t but then he told me that I’ve been talking about her for as long as he’s known me. I bring her up at least a couple of times per month, I’ve mentioned that I’ve always wanted to learn how to fly, and I’ve said on previous multiple occasions that I’ve thought about naming a daughter Amelia. Well, how about that? I mean, I know that I’ve always had an interest in the woman but I had no idea I brought it up that much. Of course it’s a fascinating tale. The woman simply disappeared off of the face of the earth while attempting to fly around the world. People don’t just disappear! Now that it’s been early 80 years and it’s still an unsolved mystery, well, I can’t help but be fascinated. Not to mention it happened in 1937 and I am kind of obsessed with history from 1915 – 1950.
It’s just very interesting.
In his book, Jameson actually researched the theory that Amelia Earhart was using her around-the-world flight for a public cover of a secret mission she was on (courtesy of her friend, President Roosevelt) to fly over Japanese islands in the Pacific and determine if they were building military bases there (this was prior to the Pearl Harbor Bombing so this would have been really vital foreign intelligence data). Jameson contends that after her plane went down Earhart was held prisoner by the Japanese for 8 years before being rescued by the United States and returning home where she lived out the rest of her life under an assumed name through a very early version of the witness protection program.
Is it true? I don’t know. Maybe. Maybe not. I do know that people don’t just disappear and I don’t believe that the Bermuda Triangle just makes people, planes, ships, etc just “vanish” from thin air. Something happened to her and Jameson’s book presents a theory as good as any other. She was so pretty, so talented, and so ambitious. She wasn’t the greatest female pilot of her time (and that’s not even arguable) but she did have an amazing publicist husband and she was friends with Roosevelt and his wife so she built a very successful public persona.
If she really did attempt to fly around the world only as a guise for participating in a secret intelligence mission to spy on the Japanese just prior to the start of WWII she was far braver than I already believed her to be. Flying around the world (at that time) was very ambitious. Flying around the world just so you could spy on an aggressive country who was expanding their military presence? Courageous, Patriotic, and very heroic.
I don’t know if we’ll ever know the truth about what happened to Amelia Earhart but (and I’ll concede with my husband here) I do have a bit of an obsession with the theories.
Interested? Read the story for yourself.
**Update** This post was updated on 7/5/17 to include this video which discusses the same theory discussed in this book.