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The skies belong to us: love and terror in the golden age of hijacking

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The true stroy of the longest-distance hijacking in American history.In an America torn apart by the Vietnam War and the demise of '60s idealism, airplane hijackings were astonishingly routine. Over a five-year period starting in 1968, the desperate and disillusioned seized commercial jets nearly once a week, using guns, bombs, and jars of acid. Some hijackers wished to escape to foreign lands; others aimed to swap hostages for sacks of cash. Their criminal exploits mesmerized the country, never more so than when shattered Army veteran Roger Holder and mischievous party girl Cathy Kerkow managred to comandeer Western Airlines Flight 701 and flee across an ocean with a half-million dollars in ransom—a heist that remains the longest-distance hijacking in American history.More than just an enthralling story about a spectacular crime and its bittersweet, decades-long aftermath, The Skies Belong to Us is also a psychological portrait of America at its most turbulent and a testament to the madness that can grip a nation when politics fail.
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More than just an enthralling story about a spectacular crime and its bittersweet, decades-long aftermath, The Skies Belong to Us is also a psychological portrait of America at its most turbulent and a testament to the madness that can grip a nation when politics fail.
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subject_facetHijacking of aircraft -- United States -- Case studies
title_displayThe skies belong to us : love and terror in the golden age of hijacking
title_fullThe Skies Belong to Us Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking
The skies belong to us : love and terror in the golden age of hijacking / Brendan I. Koerner
The skies belong to us : love and terror in the golden age of hijacking [electronic resource] / Brendan I. Koerner
title_shortThe skies belong to us
title_sublove and terror in the golden age of hijacking
topic_facetBiography & Autobiography
Hijacking of aircraft
Nonfiction
Politics
True Crime