The copper-bottomed classic from a memorable and courageous pilot.
Ernest K Gann graduated from Culver Military Academy (now Culver Academies) in 1930. He flew for American Airlines and then the US Army during World War II. He lived in Washington and wrote and published prolifically.
"Chicago Sunday Tribune"
This purely wonderful autobiographical volume is the best thing
on flying and the meaning of flying that we have had since Antoine
de Saint-Exupe ry took us aloft on his winged prose in the late
1930s and early 1940s....It is a splendid and many-faceted personal
memoir that is not only one man's story but the story, in essence,
of all men who fly.
"New York Times Book Review"
Few writers have ever drawn their readers so intimately into the
shielded sanctum of the cockpit, and it is here that Mr. Gann is
truly the artist.
This fascinating, well-told autobiography is a complete
refutation of the comfortable cliche that "man is master of his
fate." As far as pilots are concerned, fate (or death) is a hunter
who is constantly in pursuit of them....There is nothing depressing
about "Fate Is the Hunter." There is tension and suspense in it but
there is great humor too. Happily, Gann never gets too technical
for the layman to understand.
"The New Yorker"
This book is an episodic log of some of the more memorable of
[the author's] nearly ten thousand hours aloft in peace and (as a
member of the Air Transport Command) in war. It is also an attempt
to define by example his belief in the phenomenon of luck -- that
"the pattern of anyone fate is only partly contrived by the
author of "A Bridge Too Far" and "The Longest DayFate Is the
Hunter" is partly autobiographical, partly a chronicle of some of
the most memorable and courageous pilots the reader will ever
encounter in print; and always this book is about the workings of
fate....The book is studded with characters equally as memorable as
the dramas they act out.
"New Statesman"Mr. Gann is a writer saturated in his subject; he has the skill to make every instant sharp and important and we catch the fever to know that documentary writing does not often invite.