Principles of Flight was judged a finalist in the 2018-19 National Indie Excellence Awards in Social and Political Change. (For more information, go to https://www.indieexcellence.com/news.)
When Bill's plane crashes in the Utah desert, he wakes up to discover his life of carefree abandon shattered. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania in the 1990s, he had begun to awaken to his own racial prejudices and religious jingoism. Yet he remained emotionally aloft, afraid to commit to the full transformation that called to him. Despite misgivings, he returns to Africa.
In Kenya, he flies bush planes, guides wilderness courses, and falls in love with a young Kikuyu woman. All seems well, until he is attacked and beaten by thugs and then injured when he’s chased by an elephant. Unable to deal with reality, he next escapes to Alaska, where he flies still higher and lives more recklessly. Ultimately, the principles of flight force him to make a choice: to fly away yet again or to finally return to Earth as an advocate for social, animal, and environmental justice.
Set during the time of 9/11 and the wars that followed, Principles of Flight is filled with spectacular scenes of flights over the African savanna and Alaskan glaciers. More than mere travelogue, this memoir is a psychosocial inquiry into the hyper-masculinism that has resulted in the violence, sexism, animal cruelty, and environmental destruction that have ruled our world.
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