In Full Flight: A Story of Africa and Atonement by John Heminway

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In Full Flight: A Story of Africa and Atonement Read Online Free - The remarkable story of one woman's search for a new life in Africa in the wake of World War II--a life that sparked a heroic career, but also hid a secret past.

Dr. Anne Spoerry treated hundreds of thousands of people across rural Kenya over the span of fifty years. A member of the renowned Flying Doctors Service, the French-born Spoerry learned how to fly a plane at the age of forty-five and earned herself the cherished nickname, "Mama Daktari"--"Mother Doctor"--from the people of Kenya. Yet few knew what drove her from post-World War II Europe to Africa. Now, in the first comprehensive account of her life, Dr. Spoerry's revered selflessness gives way to a past marked by rebellion, submission, and personal decisions that earned her another nickname--this one sinister--working as a "doctor" in a Nazi concentration camp.
In Full Flight explores the question of whether it is possible to rewrite one's troubled past simply by doing good in the present. Informed by Spoerry's own journals, a trove of previously untapped files, and numerous interviews with those who knew her in Europe or Africa, John Heminway takes readers on a remarkable journey across a haunting African landscape and into a dramatic life punctuated by both courage and weakness and driven by a powerful need to atone.

Title : In Full Flight: A Story of Africa and Atonement
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ISBN : 1524732974
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Mary rated it ★★★★★

December 19, 2017

Holy cow... I can't wait for this book to be released in February because it WILL be a book club selection. And we'd better plan a slumber party for the discussion because it'll take longer than 3 hours to chew this one satisfactorily. The big question is this: if a person under unimaginable circu...

M. rated it ★★★★☆

December 11, 2017

An interesting story and a good read!

Kelly rated it ★★★☆☆

February 06, 2018

In Full Flight, by John Heminway, tells the story of Anne Spoerry, the flying doctor of Africa. I knew nothing of Anne’s history so this was an interesting read for me. Anne is both admirable for all the work she did in Africa, but at the same time difficult to like due to her personality. Spoerr...

Angie rated it ★★★☆☆

January 15, 2018

Heminway's book gave me the remarkable experience of rooting for the subject of a biography even as the author berates her. There are balanced biographies of complicated people, and there are way too simple biographies written by fans of their subjects. But Heminway clearly feels deeply betrayed,...

Holly rated it ★★★★★

January 24, 2018

This extraordinary nonfiction story reads like a thriller, moving back and forth between Dr Anne Spoerry's life in Africa and her earlier years in Europe. We are first told about her feats or heroism in Africa, bringing medical care to people over nearly 50 years who would otherwise likely have h...

Jane rated it ★★★★★

February 17, 2018

Wow, what a story! Heminway does an ace job setting out the life of his friend, Dr. Anne Spoerry, heroine of the African Flying Doctors for fifty years -and oh, by the way, a convicted war criminal who murdered hundreds of women in Ravensbruck concentration camp during WW2. Judge for yourself - d...

Ann rated it ★★★★☆

January 13, 2018

John Heminway has written a comprehensive biography of Dr. Anne Spoerry affectionately known as Mama Daktari. However, this is not a simple retelling of Anne’s pastoral life in Africa. It turns out In Full Flight not only refers to the fact she was a flying doctor but also to the fact that she fl...

Martha rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 10, 2018

Although, I found Anne Spoerry's 50 years of being a flying doctor interesting and impressive, I couldn't get past her activities during WWII when she was in the concentration camp. So, this rating is really regarding the subject of the book rather than the author's style. He certainly pursued man...

Lindy rated it ★★★★★

February 21, 2018

I have a feeling this is a book that will stay with me for a long time. It’s been on my mind all day. Honestly, I still don’t know how I feel about Dr. Anne Spoerry. I was impressed at how well the author was able to present this biography, since he and Anne were friends for 20 years. I felt he di...

Nissa rated it ★★★★★

February 15, 2018

An interesting and inspiring true story about someone I had never heard of before. Glad that this book gave a voice to a heroic woman who history has rarely mentioned. This was an engaging and well-researched book. Highly recommended. *I received a free digital copy of this book from First to Rea...

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