Most people who have flown have experienced the fear of flying: moistened palms, white knuckles, a racing heart. The Black Box – transcriptions from the cockpit voice recorder – justifies that fear. Discover how it feels to be seconds from death.
When a plane goes down, it often takes hundreds of lives with it. The smash hit ‘Black Box’ TV series, screened in 1996, proved how perverse this fascination with the dangers of flying is. Flying is exciting because it’s frightening.
The Black Box is a shocking new selection of air disasters transcribed from the cockpit voice recorder retrieved from the wreckage of real life plane disasters. Here are the last moments of twenty-five crashes of varying degrees of annihilation recorded in horrifying detail. MacPherson documents each disaster, giving additional information surrounding the event, including the weather conditions and the details of key individuals involved. Innocent cockpit conversation can quickly turn to panic with the realization that a crash is inevitable and there are only moments left to live. But, sometimes, the wait for impact is painfully drawn out and the crew prepare for death with surprising calm. Sometimes there are survivors. More often, however, there are none. The Black Box is frightening and ghoulish. It is also impossible to put down.
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‘Once the book has caught your attention, it is hard to throw off its spell.’
The New York Times Book Review
Malcolm MacPherson is an American author who has published various works of non-fiction, as well as novels with Random House. He is also prolific as a magazine and newspaper journalist, having been published in, amongst others, Newsweek, New York magazine and the International Herald Tribune.
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Descrizione libro HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1998. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0006530451