The Skies Belong to Us

The Skies Belong to Us

Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking

Book - 2013
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A shattered Army veteran and a mischievous party girl, Roger Holder and Cathy Kerkow commandeered Western Airlines Flight 701 as a vague protest against the war. Through a combination of savvy and dumb luck, the couple managed to flee across an ocean with a half-million dollars in ransom, a feat that made them notorious around the globe. Yet this is more than just an enthralling yarn about a spectacular heist and its bittersweet, decades-long aftermath. It 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.--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307886101
0307886107
Branch Call Number: 364.1552 Koemer 06/2013
Characteristics: 318 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

Who has heard of Roger Holder and Cathy Kerkow? Who remembers the eruption of skyjacking in the sixties and seventies? It was a time when a plane was hijacked every week, when airport security was non-existent, a time when you could actually commandeer a plane, fly halfway across the world, and find asylum in a far away land. That's exactly what Holder and Kerkow did. This is their story.

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claireswazey
Nov 20, 2013

Fascinating. Contained many facts and details about the hijacking era that I didn't know. From what I see here, seems like most of the hijackers were nuts. Not all of them seemed to be mentally ill- but quite a few obviously were. I had no idea that it was as widespread and common as it had become. The information about the hijacking era in general is what interested me the most-more than did the one specific story of Holder and Kerkow. Fun read.

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