THE SKIES BELONG TO US
LOVE AND TERROR IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF HIJACKINGBook
A shattered Army veteran and a mischievous party girl, Roger Holder and Cathy Kerkow commandeered Western Airlines Flight 701 as a vague protest against the war. Through a combination of savvy and dumb luck, the couple managed to flee across an ocean with a half-million dollars in ransom, a feat that made them notorious around the globe. Koerner spent four years chronicling this madcap tale, which involves a cast of characters ranging from exiled Black Panthers to African despots to French movie stars. He combed through over 4,000 declassified documents and interviewed scores of key figures in the drama-including one of the hijackers, whom Koerner discovered living in total obscurity. Yet The Skies Belong to Us is more than just an enthralling yarn about a spectacular heist and its bittersweet, decades-long aftermath. It is also a psychological portrait of America at its most turbulent, and a testament to the madness that can grip a nation when politics fail.
From Library Staff
Koerner's rollicking narrative reads like a pop culture reminiscent of some distant era, the so-called 1961-72 "Golden Age of Skyjacking." Airport security measures were inadequate and acts of air piracy occurred as often as once a week. The hijacking of Western Airlines Flight 701 from... Read More »