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SUMMARY ✓ The Map of My Dead Pilots Skey death and camaraderie silence and engine roar who capture her imagination In fine detail Mondor reveals the technical side of flying the history of Alaskan aviation and a world that demands a close communion with extreme physical danger and emotional toughness The Map of My Dead Pilots is an engrossing narrative whose gritty no holds barred style is reminiscent of the works of Ken Kesey and Tim O'Brie. Absolutely fascinating I just wanted and of the stories of the dangers and strangeness these pilots and Colleen faced working for the Company I did have trouble remembering who was who but I don t think it mattered I or less substituted this guy I knew for Sam and Tony and Bryce et al Because it was less about the people and about the experience I really like what another reviewer wrote about this being about telling stories It is Stories memories What do we know what can we know What changes what is lost What elements surprise us What elements explain us What elements bring us comfort or fear How many versions of a story are there who tells it best It s the art of oral story telling captured and dissected in print and in narrative form Well done Colleen I really enjoyed this book My cousin wrote this book I can t wait to read it

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SUMMARY ✓ The Map of My Dead Pilots Northern Exposure meets Air America in this expose of the daily life and death insanity of commercial flying in Alaska The Map of My Dead Pilots is about flying pilots and Alaskaand specifically about those pilots who take death defying risks in the Last Frontier and sometimes pay the price Colleen Mondor spent four years running dispatch operations for a Fairbanks based commuter and charter airline and sh. Get God or get drunk either way you re still flying tomorrowWhen Alaska Senator Ted Stevens died in an airplane crash in 2010 I remember an NPR commentator citing a statistic about the absurdly high number of plane crashes that occur in that state each year I was blown away by the figure but wouldn t you know I can t find it Curse you Google You ve never let me down before I did find this During 1990 2009 there were 1615 commuter and air taxi crashes in the United States Commuter and air taxi crashes in Alaska accounted for than one third of all commuter and air taxi crashes in the US and approximately 20% of the fatal crashes and deathsAt the time all I could think was why Why is flying in Alaska such a risky undertaking In the largest state in the union roads are scarce and settlements are scattered Air travel is as common to residents as taking a cab or bus would be to city dwellers There are people waiting on delivery of food and medical supplies And always no matter what the weather the mail must get throughMondor s book does answer some uestions about the freuency of Alaska air crashes It seems to boil down to the fact that time is money Pilots who arrive on time have a better chance of getting plum assignments hours in the air and even a shot at flying for the airlines in the lower 48 They fly carrying too much weight and often miscalculate their fuel supply Their cargo can include everything from sports teams to corpses to growling yapping sled dogs packed three to a crate The job does seem to attract than its share of daredevils And then there s the weather Poor visibility blowing snow ice on the wings Mountains rise out of nowhere Flying blind is an all too freuent possibility I guess the real uestion is not why but instead why aren t there crashesThe book is something of an odd memoir in that most of the stories are told by pilots other than Mondor Her style is not particularly engaging and having several different pilots weigh in on why one of their own crashed uickly becomes monotonous Serious aviation buffs may find this book fascinating but there s not much here to hold the interest of the average readerStill she brings up one good point that I ll be thinking about for some time to comeWas he just crazy and that s why he liked flying in Alaska or was it flying in Alaska that made him that way

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SUMMARY ✓ The Map of My Dead Pilots E knows all too well the gap between the romance and reality of small plane piloting in the wildest territory of the United States From overloaded aircraft to wings covered in ice from flying sled dogs and dead bodies piloting in Alaska is about living hard and working harder What Mondor witnessed day to day would make anyone's hair stand on endUltimately it is the pilots themselves; laced with ice and whi. I ve been reading Colleen Mondor s blog for awhile and her book sounded interesting Then I saw that one of my libraries had bought it so I put it on hold And here we areThe Map of My Dead Pilots is an account of the author s years working at an Alaskan aviation company It s a fascinating book lying somewhere between a nonfiction essay which is to say an fact based narrative about Alaskan flying and a memoir Mondor places herself in the middle of the group but she herself worked in Ops not as a pilot So she is at once involved and an observer It s a book about flying in Alaska with fascinating and horrifying details of the conditions and life It s full of stories both funny and tragic Sometimes these are the same storiesShe also weaves the different stories together particularly the deaths of her friends Luke and Bryce and the end of her father s life The book begins with the statement that Bryce s death changed everything for those working at the Company but it s only slowly that the details of Bryce s death are revealed And throughout the book Mondor grapples with the why of these three main events Why did Luke die Why did Bryce Why did her father It s a book about searching for impossible answersIt s also about the stories we tell ourselves In one chapter Mondor gives several possible versions of Bryce s death as created by one of his fellow pilots Each one is a cohesive narrative each one emphasizes a different side of the possibilities gives a different answer to the why None of them are wrong but none of them can be said to be true either The group cannot answer the why of Bryce s death but they can create their own narratives and they can create them as a group Because of all of this I was left with an unsettling feeling of wondering not exactly how much of this book is true but how much is seen through a lens This is of course true of all books fiction and non fiction but Mondor seems to invite this uestion to reuire it almost It s strongly narrative as I would argue most good fiction is but never loses sight of fact that these are real people whose lives have been changed and altered by the experience I did wish that we had returned to the Alaskan part just at the very end but that s a very minor complaint All in all this is one of the best non fiction books I ve ever read and I highly recommend it to anyone who s interested in the subject or just in stories and how we tell them One minor caveat there is a lot of swearing I m able to read past most of it but I know others aren tBook source public libraryBook information Lyons Press 2011 non fiction adult but could be a great cross over for the right teenMother Reader s review with an interview and links


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    [PDF/EBOOK] The Map of My Dead Pilots Get God or get drunk either way you're still flying tomorrowWhen Alaska Senator Ted Stevens died in an airplane crash in 2010 I remember an NPR commentator citing a statistic about the absurdly high number of plane crashes that occur in that state each year I was blown away by the figure but wouldn't you know I

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    [PDF/EBOOK] The Map of My Dead Pilots Living as I do in a village accessible only by air and water and in a winter of weather as vicious as this I am finding a d

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    READ & DOWNLOAD The Map of My Dead Pilots [PDF/EBOOK] The Map of My Dead Pilots I live in a world that revolves around aviation so I was very excited to read this memoir Piloting a charter plane in Alaska means you are fly

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    Colleen Mondor ð 0 SUMMARY FREE READ Û PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ð Colleen Mondor [PDF/EBOOK] The Map of My Dead Pilots I don’t remember where I heard about this book – maybe from Goodreads? Maybe from an article somewhere else on

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    [PDF/EBOOK] The Map of My Dead Pilots I've been reading Colleen Mondor's blog for awhile and her book sounded interesting Then I saw that one of my libraries had bought it so I put it on hold And here we areThe Map of My Dead Pilots is an account of the author's years working at an Alaskan aviation company It's a fascinating book lying somewhere between a nonfiction essay which is to say an fact based narrative about Alaskan flying and a memoir Mondor places hersel

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    [PDF/EBOOK] The Map of My Dead Pilots Colleen Mondor ð 0 SUMMARY FREE READ Û PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ð Colleen Mondor I wanted to read this book because my father had been a bush pilot in Alaska during the late 1940s and early 1950s The book is not a blow by blow history of aviation in Alaska and in some ways that was a bit of a disappointment However I found myself drawn in chapter by chapter to what really amounts to a sort of The Things We Carried for Alaskan bush pilots Instead of a straight forward narrative the book i

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    [PDF/EBOOK] The Map of My Dead Pilots FREE READ Û PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ð Colleen Mondor Very episodic the author is primarily an essayist and it shows Often moving sometimes irritating Alaska is a giant welfare state supported by our taxes and special lax regulations Pilots and those interested in aviation will find it a good if spotty read

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    [PDF/EBOOK] The Map of My Dead Pilots Absolutely fascinating I just wanted and of the stories of the dangers and strangeness these pilots and Colleen faced working for the Company I did have trouble remembering who was who but I don't think it mattered I or less substituted this guy I knew for Sam and Tony and Bryce et al Because it was less about the people and about

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    [PDF/EBOOK] The Map of My Dead Pilots Wow I could not put down this book It reminded me of the book The Things they carried in that it has many of the same themes But instead of war this was bush flying in Alaska Like war there was the death of too many friends And the death was always close at hand and almost random It is also how tragic experienc

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    [PDF/EBOOK] The Map of My Dead Pilots Colleen Mondor ð 0 SUMMARY As a pilot the book reads like the accident reports we review to remind us what not to do Flying is an unforgiving thing and the conditions in Alaska offer challenges than many pilots would ever want My reservation with this memoir is on it's persistent litany of death caused by pilots making a series of bad decisions The reality of flying is that most pilots make good decisions Otherwise the crash numbers woul

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  • Hardcover
  • 256
  • The Map of My Dead Pilots
  • Colleen Mondor
  • English
  • 23 September 2018
  • 9780762773619