Books: Full Flaps

A HOSTAGE TO FORTUNE

by Ernest K. Gann Knopf; 544 pages; $12.95

Cancel all reservations for airline flights, select a reliable four-engine armchair and take off: "The Gremlin's Castle was trembling in an incipient stall ... Almost directly ahead stood the Taj Mahal ... We were obviously going to knock it down ... Desperate in the seconds remaining, I made a wild decision. I doubted if anyone had ever tried it in a C87 ... 'Hogarty!' I yelled. 'Give me full flaps!''

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