Advance praise for "Jet Set"
"An interesting, entertaining read, full of colorful characters and the author's thoughtful contemplation of the world of aviation."--"Publishers Weekly"
"What a book! The Kennedys, the Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra himself, and early financiers like Eddie Gilbert are dealt with in depth. It was the beginning of the frenetic, desperate world we now seem to be living in. I lived intimately through it all in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, and I have yet to find a mistake in William Stadiem's amazing book. All the players are here: Bobby Kennedy, as a menace to much of the fun; Joe Kennedy, his father, having young ladies procured for him; lawyers making millions getting 'socialites' out of hot water. And the changes: the creation of disco and rock and roll, the rise of Great Britain's popular music and fashion appeal, plus New York as the so-called 'Four Hundred' became the four million, and on and on."--Liz Smith, gossip columnist
"An intoxicating spin through an era of supreme elegance and dazzling innovation, "Jet Set" more than lives up to its turbocharged title. With a sharp eye for detail and a knack for sparkling prose, William Stadiem re-creates the heady days when artists, tycoons, and viscounts sipped Canadian Club and dined on lobster thermidor while zooming across a new frontier. In doing so, he pays homage to the true American visionaries who made that luxurious travel possible--the engineers and entrepreneurs who understood just how much the long-range airplane could transform our world."--Brendan I. Koerner, author of "The Skies Belong to Us"
"The only thing more delicious than the idea for this book is William Stadiem's execution. Rich in incident, set among the glitterati of America's most glamorous era, "Jet Set" is first-rate history that reads like a novel."--Karen Abbott, author of "Sin in the Second City" and "American Rose"
""Jet Set" is a fast-paced, jauntily written excursion bacshow more