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Publisher Description

This fresh look at Hollywood's "Queen of Screwball," Carole Lombard, presents a first-ever examination of the events that led to the shocking flight mishap that took her life on the side of a Nevada mountain in 1942. It also provides a day-by-day account of the struggles of Lombard's husband, Clark Gable, and other family, friends, and fans to cope with the tragedy. In effect, having just completed the first sale of war bonds and stamps in the nation following its entry into World War II, Lombard became the first Hollywood start to sacrifice her life in the War. The War Department offered Gable a funeral service with full military honors, but he refused it, knowing that his wife would not approve of such spectacle. Based on extensive research rather than gossip, this investigation further explores the lives of the 21 others on the plane, including 15 members of the U.S. Army Air Corps, and addresses one of the most enduring mysteries of World War II. On a clear night full of stars, with TWA's most experienced pilot at the controls of a 10-month-old aircraft under the power of two fully functioning engines, why did the flight crash into that Nevada mountainside? This gripping page-turner presents the story of the people on the plane, the friends and families left behind, and the heroic first responders who struggled up a mountain hoping to perform a miracle rescue. It is a story of accomplishment, bravery, sacrifice, and loss.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2013
December 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
400
Pages
PUBLISHER
Paladin Communications
SELLER
Chicago Review Press, Inc. DBA Independent Publishers Group
SIZE
11.6
MB

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Beautifully articulated storytelling of the lives, loves and loss surrounding Carole Lombard Gable's death. Truly researched and masterfully time lined, however the beauty to this book exists due to Robert Matzen's illustration of tragedy and its scarring effect on relationships.

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