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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (279 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Butler Narrator: Anna Field Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Amelia Earhart captured the hearts of the nation after becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1928—and her disappearance on an around-the-world flight in 1937 is an enduring mystery.

The image we have of Amelia Earhart today—a tousle-haired, androgynous flier clad in shirt, silk scarf, leather jacket, and goggles—is only one of her many personas, most of which have been lost to us over time. Through years of research and interviews with many of the surviving people who knew Amelia, Susan Butler has recreated a remarkably vivid and multifaceted portrait of this enigmatic figure. Listeners will experience Amelia in all her permutations: not just as a pilot but also as an educator, a social worker, a lecturer, a businesswoman, and a tireless promoter of women’s rights. We experience a remarkably energetic and enterprising woman who battled incredible odds to achieve her fame, succeeded beyond her wildest dreams, and yet never lost sight of her beginnings, ensuring that her success would secure a path for women after her.

This richly textured biography is the perfect complement to the 2009 film Amelia, starring Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, and Ewan McGregor.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Certainly the single best book that we now have on Earhart’s life…Earhart comes into sharper, more realistic focus through Butler’s lens.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “The reader closes East to the Dawn with the lingering realization of how truly contemporary Amelia Earhart remains and with a new understanding of the love and admiration she earned from colleagues and the public at large. Her insistence on being her own person while fighting for causes larger than herself continue to command our respect and fuel our dreams.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Butler tracked down sources overlooked by previous biographers of pioneering flyer Amelia Earhart…the resulting authenticity strengthens [the] book.”


  • “Filled with wonderful details about Earhart’s glamorous lifestyle and the wild, dangerous world of early aviators.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “[Butler’s] text is readable, well documented, and insightful.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate McLachlan | 2/18/2014

    " I've read everything I could get my hands on about AE. This one was good, but not the best I've read. Now I'm moving on to the books written BY AE. Looking forward to those! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tamara | 2/16/2014

    " I only read the first 1/3 and the last 1/3. It was mostly interesting, but way too many details about people who were Amelia's friends and extended family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christi | 2/8/2014

    " Love Amelia, didn't love the writing in this book. It really needed editing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Liz | 2/4/2014

    " Brilliant. Amelia Earhart is my new favorite feminist. "

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About the Author

Susan Butler, whose mother was a member of Amelia Earhart’s flying organization, the Ninety-Nines, is a journalist with an MA degree from Columbia University whose work has appeared in the New York Times and Barron’s, among other publications. She spent ten years writing East to the Dawn, which was her first book. She lives in Lake Wales, Florida.