Silver Medalist in the General Nonfiction category of the Florida Book Awards
In 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, vanished as the world watched. Speculation ran rampant, and most assumed that they had crash-landed in the ocean and perished. But did they? With more than thirteen years of painstaking international research, Dave Horner brings into focus Earhart’s final days. He minutely dissects prevailing theories, comparing them to evidence only recently uncovered. He presents an astonishing and well-documented conclusion that explains, once and for all, what happened to this beloved aviatrix.
Horner marshals evidence from a variety of sources, proving that Earhart was neither lost at sea nor wrecked on Nikumaroro, where many search expeditions have failed to deliver concrete results. Integrating information garnered from numerous interviews, Pacific Islander folklore, and US and Japanese military documents, Horner argues that Earhart ventured north of her intended destination in search of a place to land her plane. Blending drama, mystery, and shocking revelations with the steady balance of an objective investigator, Horner’s compelling findings provide a definitive answer to this fascinating riddle.
About the Author
A graduate of the University of Virginia and Rutgers University, Dave Horner had become the youngest bank president in Virginia by the age of thirty. He founded one of the first pro dive shops in the mid-Atlantic region and pioneered sport diving for treasure. His interest in sport diving led him to research, locate, and successfully salvage a sunken treasure ship. He is a frequent speaker at Amelia Earhart Society events and a consultant for others seeking hidden treasure. Horner alternates living in Vero Beach, Florida, and the Maryland Eastern Shore with his wife.
About the Foreword Writer
Ronald T. Reuther, USAF lieutenant colonel, ret., saw possibilities and connections where others did not. While executive director for the San Francisco Zoo, he taught sign language to a baby gorilla named Koko. His passion for flight led him to found and head the Western Aerospace Museum, now known as the Oakland Aviation Museum. He was introduced to Horner while serving as the moderator of the Amelia Earhart Society. Reuther died in 2007 shortly after writing the foreword for this book.
THE EARHART ENIGMA
By Dave Horner
Foreword by Ronald T. Reuther
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
TRANSPORTATION / Aviation / History
480 pp. 6 x 9
170 b/w photos 7 b/w illus.
13 b/w maps. 5 b/w charts. Notes Biblio Index