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Keith O'Brien

Biography

Keith O'Brien

Keith O'Brien is an award-winning journalist, a former reporter for the Boston Globe, a regular contributor to National Public Radio and Politico, and a critically acclaimed author of books about dreams, Americana, and where the two meet. He has written for the New York Times Magazine and reported stories for "This American Life." He was a 2017 finalist for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. He lives in New Hampshire. 

Keith O'Brien

Books by Keith O'Brien

by Keith O'Brien - History, Nonfiction

Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. While male pilots were lauded as heroes, the few women who dared to fly were more often ridiculed --- until a cadre of women pilots banded together to break through the entrenched prejudice. FLY GIRLS weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high school dropout; Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorcée; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at her blue blood family’s expectations; and Louise Thaden, a young mother of two. Together, they fought for the chance to fly and race airplanes --- and in 1936, one of them would triumph, beating the men in the toughest air race of them all.