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Empire of the Air: Aviation and the American Ascendancy by Jenifer Van Vleck (2013)Empire of the Air: Aviation and the American Ascendancy by Jenifer Van Vleck (2013)

An intriguing and well-written history examining the intertwined threads of of U.S. commercial aviation - particularly the paths of Pan American Airways and its founder Juan Trippe - and that of the United States, as the 'American Century' unfolded. The author, now on the faculty of Yale, was a recipient of the Pan Am Historical Foundation's Abrams-Banning Research Grant.