Top 10 Best Books to Read in Air Travel Reference - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Air Travel Reference. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Into the Wild


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Air Travel Reference - August 2021

Krakauer’s page-turning bestseller explores a famed missing person mystery while unraveling the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons. "Terrifying... Eloquent... A heart-rending drama of human yearning." — New York Times In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How Christopher Johnson McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild . Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and, unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild. Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life. Admitting an interst that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the drives and desires that propelled McCandless.  When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naiveté, pretensions, and hubris. He is said to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity, and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page.

  • Author: Jon Krakauer
  • Publisher: Anchor Books; 1st edition (February 1, 1997)
  • Genre: History, Americas
  • ISBN: 978-0385486804
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.54 x 7.98 inches

                 

2. Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica's Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Air Travel Reference - August 2021

The “exquisitely researched and deeply engrossing” ( The New York Times ) true survival story of an early polar expedition that went terribly awry—with the ship frozen in ice and the crew trapped inside for the entire sunless, Antarctic winter “Deserves a place beside Alfred Lansing’s immortal classic Endurance .”—Nathaniel Philbrick “A riveting tale, splendidly told . . . Madhouse at the End of the Earth has it all.”—Stacy Schiff “Julian Sancton has deftly rescued this forgotten saga from the deep freeze.”—Hampton Sides In August 1897, the young Belgian commandant Adrien de Gerlache set sail for a three-year expedition aboard the good ship Belgica with dreams of glory. His destination was the uncharted end of the earth: the icy continent of Antarctica. But de Gerlache’s plans to be first to the magnetic South Pole would swiftly go awry. After a series of costly setbacks, the commandant faced two bad options: turn back in defeat and spare his men the devastating Antarctic winter, or recklessly chase fame by sailing deeper into the freezing waters. De Gerlache sailed on, and soon the Belgica was stuck fast in the icy hold of the Bellingshausen Sea. When the sun set on the magnificent polar landscape one last time, the ship’s occupants were condemned to months of endless night. In the darkness, plagued by a mysterious illness and besieged by monotony, they descended into madness. In Madhouse at the End of the Earth, Julian Sancton unfolds an epic story of adventure and horror for the ages. As the Belgica’s men teetered on the brink, de Gerlache relied increasingly on two young officers whose friendship had blossomed in captivity: the expedition’s lone American, Dr. Frederick Cook—half genius, half con man—whose later infamy would overshadow his brilliance on the Belgica; and the ship’s first mate, soon-to-be legendary Roald Amundsen, even in his youth the storybook picture of a sailor. Together, they would plan a last-ditch, nearly certain-to-fail escape from the ice—one that would either etch their names in history or doom them to a terrible fate at the ocean’s bottom. Drawing on the diaries and journals of the Belgica’s crew and with exclusive access to the ship’s logbook, Sancton brings novelistic flair to a story of human extremes, one so remarkable that even today NASA studies it for research on isolation for future missions to Mars. Equal parts maritime thriller and gothic horror, Madhouse at the End of the Earth is an unforgettable journey into the deep.

  • Author: Julian Sancton
  • Publisher: Crown (May 4, 2021)
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Professionals & Academics
  • ISBN: 978-1984824332
  • Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches

                 

3. The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Air Travel Reference - August 2021

The True Story Behind the Events on 9/11 that Inspired Broadway’s Smash Hit Musical Come from Away, Featuring All New Material from the Author When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to nearly 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill. As the passengers stepped from the airplanes, exhausted, hungry and distraught after being held on board for nearly 24 hours while security checked all of the baggage, they were greeted with a feast prepared by the townspeople. Local bus drivers who had been on strike came off the picket lines to transport the passengers to the various shelters set up in local schools and churches. Linens and toiletries were bought and donated. A middle school provided showers, as well as access to computers, email, and televisions, allowing the passengers to stay in touch with family and follow the news. Over the course of those four days, many of the passengers developed friendships with Gander residents that they expect to last a lifetime. As a show of thanks, scholarship funds for the children of Gander have been formed and donations have been made to provide new computers for the schools. This book recounts the inspiring story of the residents of Gander, Canada, whose acts of kindness have touched the lives of thousands of people and been an example of humanity and goodwill.

  • Author: Jim DeFede
  • Publisher: Regan Books; Reprint edition (August 14, 2003)
  • Genre: Travel, Canada
  • ISBN: 978-0060559717
  • Dimensions: 0.58 x 5.31 x 8 inches

                 

4. Aircraft: The Definitive Visual History


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Air Travel Reference - August 2021

Discover more than 1,000 of the greatest commercial and military aircraft to ever fly the skies. This visual treat is packed with pictures and crammed with content for aviation enthusiasts everywhere.  

 A century of flight is chronicled in hundreds of pages of jaw-dropping photography and accessible text. You’ll enjoy an action-packed ride in all kinds of flying machines, from the very first prototypes to modern supersonic jets. Spread your wings and take flight in planes, helicopters, and airships, presented in glorious detail alongside fantastic facts and surprising stats.  Jump in the pilot seat of pioneering planes, including the Gipsy Moth, Spitfire, and Concorde, before taking a virtual tour of each and every model. Discover how powerhouse producers, such as Rolls-Royce and Rotax, ensure maximum performance from an array of aircraft engines. Find out how famous marques, such as Boeing and Lockheed, came to set industry standards in aviation.

 Aviation enthusiasts of all stripes and ages will be captivated by this comprehensive and beautifully presented guide to the story of flight. Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution.

  • Author: DK
  • Publisher: DK; Illustrated edition (May 20, 2013)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Transportation
  • ISBN: 978-1465402127
  • Dimensions: 10.23 x 1.22 x 12.12 inches

                 

5. Flight: The Complete History of Aviation


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Air Travel Reference - August 2021

"Discover the fascinating stories behind humankind’s conquest of the skies, from dreamers and inventors to modern-day astronauts. Take a sky-high journey through the Wright brothers’ first powered flight, to Concorde’s final voyage, to the tragic crash of the Columbia, and more, in this stunning book packed with information on the history of aviation. Charting the trailblazers, jet test pilots, and constant progress at the cutting-edge of technology, every aspect of flight is explored. Recalling memorable events of the sky – record-breaking flights, aerial warfare, and hijackings –  Flight  is the story of how our dream to fly became a reality. This visual guide features remarkable photography on every page and galleries throughout to showcase important aircraft – with multiple viewpoints and their key statistics.  Anyone interested in airplanes and vehicles of the sky, and their inventors, engineers, and pilots should have this book on their shelf.

  • Author: R.G. Grant
  • Publisher: DK; Illustrated edition (May 2, 2017)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Transportation
  • ISBN: 978-1465463272
  • Dimensions: 8.44 x 1.04 x 10 inches

                 



6. Take More Vacations: How to Search Better, Book Cheaper, and Travel the World


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Air Travel Reference - August 2021

** USAToday Bestseller ** The founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights explains why we’re searching for airfare all wrong, shares the strategies that have saved his two million newsletter subscribers a collective $500 million on airfare, and presents a bold new approach for how to see the world while never overpaying for flights again. When Scott Keyes booked flights to Italy for $130 roundtrip and Japan for $169 roundtrip, he didn’t just uncover amazing fares; it was the beginning of a new approach that makes travel possible for anyone who has dreamed of seeing the world. What’s stopping us all from traveling more? The confusion of buying airfare—not knowing when to book, where to buy, or what to pay. Take More Vacations is the guidebook for anyone hoping to turn one annual vacation into three. Readers will discover why the traditional way of planning vacations undercuts our ability to enjoy them, and how a new strategy can lead to cheaper fares and more trips. Why cheap flights never have to be inconvenient flights, and all the steps you can take to get a good fare even when you don’t have flexibility. The surprising best week for international travel, and how small airports actually get the best deals. Keyes challenges the conventional wisdom that it costs thousands of dollars to fly overseas and shows readers how to make previously unthinkable trips possible.

  • Author: Scott Keyes
  • Publisher: Harper Wave (May 11, 2021)
  • Genre: Travel, Specialty Travel
  • ISBN: 978-0062993540
  • Dimensions: 5.31 x 0.68 x 8 inches

                 

7. West with the Night


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Air Travel Reference - August 2021

A new edition of a great, underappreciated classic of our time Beryl Markham's West with the Night is a true classic, a book that deserves the same acclaim and readership as the work of her contemporaries Ernest Hemingway, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and Isak Dinesen. If the first responsibility of a memoirist is to lead a life worth writing about, Markham succeeded beyond all measure. Born Beryl Clutterbuck in the middle of England, she and her father moved to Kenya when she was a girl, and she grew up with a zebra for a pet; horses for friends; baboons, lions, and gazelles for neighbors. She made money by scouting elephants from a tiny plane. And she would spend most of the rest of her life in East Africa as an adventurer, a racehorse trainer, and an aviatrix―she became the first person to fly nonstop from Europe to America, the first woman to fly solo east to west across the Atlantic. Hers was indisputably a life full of adventure and beauty. And then there is the writing. When Hemingway read Markham's book, he wrote to his editor, Maxwell Perkins: "She has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer . . . She can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves as writers . . . It is really a bloody wonderful book." With a new introduction by Sara Wheeler―one of Markham's few legitimate literary heirs― West with the Night should once again take its place as one of the world's great adventure stories.

  • Author: Beryl Markham
  • Publisher: North Point Press; Second edition (January 22, 2013)
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature
  • ISBN: 978-0865477636
  • Dimensions: 5.87 x 0.79 x 8.18 inches

                 

8. Nuts!: Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Air Travel Reference - August 2021

Twenty-five years ago, Herb Kelleher reinvented air travel when he founded Southwest Airlines, where the planes are painted like killer whales, a typical company maxim is "Hire people with a sense of humor," and in-flight meals are never served--just sixty million bags of peanuts a year. By sidestepping "reengineering," "total quality management," and other management philosophies and employing its own brand of business success, Kelleher's airline has turned a profit for twenty-four consecutive years and seen its stock soar 300 percent since 1990. Today, Southwest is the safest airline in the world and ranks number one in the industry for service, on-time performance, and lowest employee turnover rate; and Fortune magazine has twice ranked Southwest one of the ten best companies to work for in America. How do they do it? With unlimited access to the people and inside documents of Southwest Airlines, authors Kevin and Jackie Freiberg share the secrets behind the greatest success story in commercial aviation. Read it and discover how to transfer the Southwest inspiration to your own business and personal life.

  • Author: Kevin Freiberg
  • Publisher: Currency; Reprint edition (February 17, 1998)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Transportation
  • ISBN: 978-0767901840
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches

                 

9. My Little Golden Book About Airplanes


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Air Travel Reference - August 2021

Little pilots can learn all about exciting airplanes and famous aviators in this high-flying Little Golden Book! Climb aboard and soar the skies with this adventure-filled look at a subject all children are fascinated by: airplanes! Full of exciting illustrations, simple sentences, and unbelievable facts and stories about some of the most memorable aviators (the Wright brothers, Charles Lindberg, Bessie Coleman, Amelia Earhart) and airplanes (the Concorde, the B-2, the 747), My Little Golden Book About Airplanes is a celebration of the dreamers and doers of aviation.

  • Author: Michael Joosten
  • Publisher: Golden Books; Illustrated edition (September 10, 2019)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Biographies
  • ISBN: 978-0525581826
  • Dimensions: 6.63 x 0.18 x 8 inches

                 

10. En Plein Air: Light & Color: Expert techniques and step-by-step projects for capturing mood and atmosphere in watercolor


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Air Travel Reference - August 2021

Take your watercolor painting beyond the studio—learn how to effectively use color and light to capture mood, create atmosphere, and convey emotion on location. Geared for beginning artists, En Plein Air: Light & Color introduces a variety of techniques for on-location watercolor painting. Following a brief introduction to the basics of painting en plein air and an overview of the necessary tools and materials , you will learn how to choose a subject and paint a compelling outdoor composition using the subtleties of watercolor to create beautifully expressive subjects and themes. Other important topics include perspective , rendering the background and foreground, capturing both urban and pastoral landscapes , mastering color to convey weather and time of day, and much more. From choosing just the right subject to awaiting the perfect time of day, let En Plein Air: Light & Color guide you in your artistic travels as you explore this daring and expressive medium. Painting outdoors is a rewarding, peaceful experience full of joy, adventure, and persistence. Let the En Plein Air Series guide you in your artistic travels as you explore this daring and expressive method of painting, wherever you may be.

  • Author: Iain Stewart
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, History & Criticism