* Jet Set by William Stadiem


Encouraged by the jacket cover, I thought that Jet Set: The People, the Planes, the Glamour, and the Romance in Aviation’s Glory Years would be all about the mystique of commercial aviation’s early years, and indeed there is some of that at the beginning of the book (after many stories of terrifying mishaps — not a good pick for reading on a plane, which is what I did, of course. I love the FAA.). Alas, the bulk of the story is about jet-set people, so the reading quickly develops a People magazine flavor that I found supremely boring. Perhaps if you avoid the first chapters (all these deaths!) and quit after the third?

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