Further Reading: Airplanes

airplanesThe weekend news cycle, dominated by the fallout from President Trump’s travel ban, focused, in part, on those stranded in and protesting at airports across the United States.

Planes and airports have long fascinated writers and readers alike. To follow, a list of titles about air travel, linked to their Booklist reviews when possible.


biggles defies the swastica captain we johnsBiggles Defies the Swastika, by Captain W. E. Johns

In 1942 book, R. A. F. Captain Biggles—star of 95 other novels for boys—escapes Nazi-occupied Norway with false papers, steals a German plane, then goes on to have adventures.





the skies belong to us brendan kornerThe Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking, by Brendan I. Koerner

In 1972, six years before Brian Eno released Music for Airports, a young American couple hijacked a plane and embarked upon a radical-chic adventure that helped change flying forever. This spectacular work of narrative nonfiction, unlike any other I’ve read, is so well-written that it makes even history of the TSA entertaining.


up in the air walter kirnUp in the Air, by Walter Kirn

Later made into a film with George Clooney, this satiric paean to business travel concerns a man preoccupied with accruing one million air miles—at the expense of other people’s jobs.



About the Author:

Eugenia Williamson is the former Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist.

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