I could NOT shut up about this book while I was reading it (my children will attest) because I found it at once so informative and so very lovely. I never thought there could be poetry in radio beacons, existentialism in jet-lag, or beauty in cock-pit waste-bins, but Vanhoenacker deftly and eloquently expresses all these things and more. You, too, will be transfixed.
— From Marvelous Miscellany
One of the Best Books of the Year
The New York Times - San Francisco Chronicle - The Economist - Kirkus Reviews
In the twenty-first century, airplane flight-- once a remarkable feat of human ingenuity--has been relegated to the realm of the mundane. In this mesmerizing reflection on flying, Mark Vanhoenacker, a 747 pilot who left academia and a career in the business world to pursue his childhood dream of flying, helps us to reimagine what we--as pilots and as passengers--are actually doing when we enter the world between departure and discovery. In a seamless fusion of history, politics, geography, meteorology, ecology, family, and physics, Vanhoenacker vaults across geographical and cultural boundaries; above mountains, oceans, and deserts; through snow, wind, and rain, renewing a simultaneously humbling and almost superhuman activity and reawakening our capacity to be amazed.