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  1. Evan Evan says:

    OK, it s time somebody stepped up, came out and just plain said, Enough already Non fiction authors, please, please, please, STOP trying to write historical narratives like Erik Larson Please stop the slice and dice multiple narrative juggling gimmick in which stories are divvied out in tiny spoonfuls, shifting back and forth over long spans of time and interrupted in mid action in embarrassing Dan Brown Da Vinci Code cliffhanger style, and then resumed several chapters and dozens of pages la OK, it s time somebody stepped up, came out and just plain said, Enough already Non fiction authors, please, please, please, STOP trying to write historical narratives like Erik Larson Please stop the slice and dice multiple narrative juggling gimmick in which stories are divvied out in tiny spoonfuls, shifting back and forth over long spans of time and interrupted in mid action in embarrassing Dan Brown Da Vinci Code cliffhanger style, and then resumed several chapters and dozens of pages later after five other narratives have been dribbled out and interrupted, and by which time I ve forgotten who the hell these people are and what they are doing in the resumed narrative s Does every non fiction book have to play like Pulp Fiction nowadays If someone kept opening the door to my bedroom like this every time I was having sex it wouldn t take me very long to get royally pissed Simply put, you are interrupting my enjoyment, authors and authoresses And I m a terrible multitasker I love seeing a thought played out fully to its conclusion I happen to believe that a good story which this is does not need this kind of treatment, nor does it have to be this glib and snarky another regrettable contemporary tendency In addition, there s a bit of the Gonzo at work here, with Gray injecting himself into the story fairly well, I think , but this is not great Gonzo for that, see Among the Thugs by Bill Buford, which I recently reviewed But, God, I wish for the days when historical narratives yes, with multiple centers of interest could be told in alinear and serious fashion without the gimmickry John Toland, alas, is dead.I honestly didn t want to know this much minute detail about the lives and mundane adventures of crackpot suspects like Duane Weber or Kenny Chistensen or Barb Dayton in fact I wish the Duane and Jo Weber narrative, which figits and frets about in an annoying and maddening conspiratorial frenzy but which goes absolutely nowhere and is confusingly told, had been omitted entirely The screwball antics of the scientists and Cooper cultists I also found plodding and padded I just wanted to know the results of what they found out and not have to read about their fumblings for page after page I m sorry, but however much they amuse author Gray they bored me I enjoyed the book most when it stuck to the known facts of the case, and particularly those relating to the primary suspect, Richard Floyd McCoy, and also to the speculations about Cooper s likely landing sites and the fate of his stolen money I understand the point of the author s inclusion of so many suspects is to show how infused the legend of Cooper has become in the pop zeitgeist that so many people continue to obsess over the case and that various loonies have come to believe that they themselves are Cooper or that their friends and relatives believe them to be so even after the FBI has ruled them all out It is an interesting phenomenon It s so interesting that it might have been enlightening to have some psychological explanation included by experts But it s not here.With a reshuffle and heavy editing, this could be a great rundown of the D.B Cooper case, since all the facts are here and they are fascinating Rather than summarize the case, I ll refer you to Wikipedia I think, though, the author faced with not much to work with decided to turn his book into a kind of kaleidoscopic comic extravaganza commentary on Americana, which is not a book I cared to read Actually, the book is a good and yes, recommendable overview of the D.B Cooper case though I suspect artistic license at play in various details , and will reward any reader who doesn t mind having his or her head batted around like a ping pong ball


  2. Mara Mara says:

    Archer What, no, I bet he faked his own death so he can expose the mole Lana There is no mole, and faked it how Archer Paging Dr Cooper Dr D.B Cooper Lana, he obviously bailed out and Lana And then landed safely, buried his chute, ran ten miles to the crash site and then strapped himself into the still burning wreckageThis isn t the first time and certainly won t be the last that I decided to read a book based solely on an Archer reference D.B Cooper was the alias for t Archer What, no, I bet he faked his own death so he can expose the mole Lana There is no mole, and faked it how Archer Paging Dr Cooper Dr D.B Cooper Lana, he obviously bailed out and Lana And then landed safely, buried his chute, ran ten miles to the crash site and then strapped himself into the still burning wreckageThis isn t the first time and certainly won t be the last that I decided to read a book based solely on an Archer reference D.B Cooper was the alias for the man whose crime puts him on most top ten lists of famous disappearances and unsolved mysteries though, depending on who you ask, I guess it s pseudo solved todaysort of He skyjacked a Northwest Airlines commercial flight in 1971 and either mysteriously plummeted to the ground or got away with 200 G s never to be found, despite an extensive hunt by the FBI.The author journalist comes across the D.B Cooper case when a PI calls him in regarding a guy who commissioned him to deliver a letter to Nora Ephron, which, fast forward a bit, turned out to be about the fact that he was sure D.B Cooper had, in fact, been his brother The first thing that pops into Gray s mind is book deal and also Pulitzer Prize, which we hear his internal monologue about quite a few times throughout the book As the investigations continue, we come across an array of theorists and theories all sure that they know the identity of the elusive D.B Cooper The stories are compelling and interesting in their own right a transexual ex military pilot, a Northwest Airlines desk clerk with a bone to pick etc Unsurprisingly, the theorists themselves are quite a cast This would have made an excellent episode of This American Life as the conversations and characters are, well, curious and emphatic Another reviewer likened this book to Jon Ronson s The Psychopath Test A Journey Through the Madness Industry, which I also listened to as an audiobook I definitely see the resemblance the books are part theory, part history, part author s journey into going native As an audiobook, however, the author reader lacked that accent that Ronson has that for whatever reason always reassures me that he isn t taking himself to seriously It s not that Gray thinks this is a serious, hard hitting piece of journalism the references to his Pulitzer are clearly made with full knowledge of their ridiculousness in hindsight However, he still lacked Ronson s charming irreverence The conclusion isn t exactly satisfying I don t think I m spoiling anything by giving away the last line is something to the effect of Calm down and read me the recipe for the cherry cheesecake an obvious suggestion that he too has fallen victim to the Cooper curse It s an interesting story and a short enough read, but as the author s sources each go silent and decide to pursue their own book deals, one can t help but wonder what makes hisworth it than others


  3. Chris Dietzel Chris Dietzel says:

    This is the type of true life story that absolutely fascinates me In the early 70s, a man boarded a plane, said he had a bomb, got a ransom, parachuted out the back of the plane while it was mid flight, and then was never found I first heard about DB Cooper as a kid when watching an episode of Unsolved Mysteries This in depth search for the identity of Cooper was incredibly interesting.


  4. Cynthia Cynthia says:

    Who was Cooper Skyjack is an over the top story but then so was D B Cooper s skyjacking of Northwest flight 305 on the day before Thanksgiving in 1971 Gray does a great job at engaging his audience no matter how many disparate characters and theories he stuffs into his tale It takes some patience to suspend your belief until all the pieces are tied together or at least there s an effort in that direction This is a big story with lots of pieces Gray packs a lot into 300 pages including so Who was Cooper Skyjack is an over the top story but then so was D B Cooper s skyjacking of Northwest flight 305 on the day before Thanksgiving in 1971 Gray does a great job at engaging his audience no matter how many disparate characters and theories he stuffs into his tale It takes some patience to suspend your belief until all the pieces are tied together or at least there s an effort in that direction This is a big story with lots of pieces Gray packs a lot into 300 pages including some history of commercial flight and a look at some of the leading contenders for who D B Cooper really was He does a great job with the facts of the story and an even better job with character analyses I wish he d stayedgrounded He tells one heck of a story though


  5. Sally Sally says:

    This book had so much promise, and it started off well enough The first part recreates Dan Cooper s hijacking of the Northwest Orient flight, from the moment he gets on the plane until the flight crew realize he is no longer aboard The next section looks at the initial investigation.From there, it s downhill This is now a record of Gray s descent into conspiracy He starts with being given the name of a possible suspect and starts looking into him We then get to hear about other suspects, an This book had so much promise, and it started off well enough The first part recreates Dan Cooper s hijacking of the Northwest Orient flight, from the moment he gets on the plane until the flight crew realize he is no longer aboard The next section looks at the initial investigation.From there, it s downhill This is now a record of Gray s descent into conspiracy He starts with being given the name of a possible suspect and starts looking into him We then get to hear about other suspects, and how sometimes they re eliminated and sometimes they re not He then goes on a wild goose chase with characters who remind me of the The Lone Gunmen from The X Files At times he trusts them but then he keeps deciding that they re nuts All this is intercut with information about the potential suspects Why each suspect didn t get their own chapter, I don t know The result is a confusing mess.The ending of Skyjack is equally unsatisfying Gray didn t wrap it up, so we don t know what he concluded Instead, it s like he decided mid scene that he didn t want to write anyso he just stopped I read the last sentence and went, Huh If you re interested in the DB Cooper mystery and are sane, I suggest you DON T go for this book At least The Lone Gunmen were entertaining


  6. Gail Gail says:

    It seems that every couple of years, another book comes out with new information about D.B Cooper Remember him He s the guy that hijacked a Northwest Orient plane back in 1971, got 200,000 and parachuted off into oblivion He s never been found.This latest offering recreates the crime and then introduces a whole cast of quirky characters The tale jumps around at different time periods so remembering everybody can be confusing The author had access to FBI files and supposedly new informat It seems that every couple of years, another book comes out with new information about D.B Cooper Remember him He s the guy that hijacked a Northwest Orient plane back in 1971, got 200,000 and parachuted off into oblivion He s never been found.This latest offering recreates the crime and then introduces a whole cast of quirky characters The tale jumps around at different time periods so remembering everybody can be confusing The author had access to FBI files and supposedly new information but after reading one hundred pages, I had had enough I don t like the style of writing It s abrupt and in your face No wonder Geoffrey Gray used to write about boxing for the New York Times


  7. Brian Brian says:

    Who is DB Cooper This book is not the answer The famed Skyjack of the 1970 s that allowed someone by the name DB Cooper to hijack an airplane, jump out of it and disappear into the annuls of history has caused countless speculations over the years A massive FBI Manhunt ensued that led to many arrests but no convictions or any real clue as to who the hijacker was The author focuses on the hunt for the elusive DB and goes through the various theories about who and what the hijacker did He cov Who is DB Cooper This book is not the answer The famed Skyjack of the 1970 s that allowed someone by the name DB Cooper to hijack an airplane, jump out of it and disappear into the annuls of history has caused countless speculations over the years A massive FBI Manhunt ensued that led to many arrests but no convictions or any real clue as to who the hijacker was The author focuses on the hunt for the elusive DB and goes through the various theories about who and what the hijacker did He covers the major players that were considered the likely suspect to be DB Cooper and the problems surrounding the case Overall though the book remains disjointed and he does not take the time to introduce characters until later in the story trying to keep some mystery over his subject It is a fast moving read but at the end of the day I did not get much out of this book For those who are looking for information on the real story of DB Cooper this is but one version and a disjointed one at that There is probably no real answer to who DB Cooper was and as someone coming from a historian background I found the pure speculations and random vignettes into the authors personal search annoying Overall if you are really into the topic go for it otherwise I would look for something else to read


  8. jess jess says:

    In 1971, a normal looking guy on a Northwest Airlines flight out of Portland hands a note to a stewardess The note says that he has a bomb and he wants 200,000 and a parachute The airline delivers He disappears with the money and an urban legend is born I ve been interested in this case since I learned about it at the Northwest Mystery Museum a few years ago, so I was really glad I finally got around to reading a book on the subject.The author starts from a position of nearly complete ignor In 1971, a normal looking guy on a Northwest Airlines flight out of Portland hands a note to a stewardess The note says that he has a bomb and he wants 200,000 and a parachute The airline delivers He disappears with the money and an urban legend is born I ve been interested in this case since I learned about it at the Northwest Mystery Museum a few years ago, so I was really glad I finally got around to reading a book on the subject.The author starts from a position of nearly complete ignorance of the D.B Cooper case He develops his own theories and follows his own red herrings Gray meets a lot of nutty people along the way I don t know why I hoped that this book would end with a definitive answer to the D.B Cooper case obviously it is still unsolved but I was disappointed when I realized that we were not going to draw any conclusions It is really about the Hunt for D.B Cooper There is a lot of interesting lore and some insights into the various D.B Cooper legends over the years Don t get me wrong, I really enjoyed reading this book I talked about it a lot when I was reading it I just can t say that I would recommend it or that it is an especially good book The narrative jumps around a lot so that it s hard to stay oriented and remember who s your favorite suspect of the moment A lot of the information and research is provided by D.B Cooper enthusiasts who all seem to have their own agenda It seems like Gray used a message board to connect with the most dedicated amateur detectives, and parts of the book are actually message board conversations I don t necessarily consider these people experts just because they are typing madly on a message board, so.Two favorite weird things 1 d.b cooper jumped not that far from where i live so i got a lot of the geography references and it was good to think about places i ve been in the context of the cooper case.2 one of thepopular theories is that d.b cooper was a transsexual woman life long mechanic and pilot who was frustrated and depressed by financial inability to get surgery, etc and well, that sort of criminal queerness is a drug i find hard to turn down


  9. David David says:

    I had hoped for the definitive history of D B Cooper, especially given that author Geoffrey Gray was allowed access to the FBI s D B Cooper files Instead, I got some history of D B Cooper heavily diluted with forays into the lives of Cooper suspects and those obsessed with solving the case This is a world of crazies, and whenever Gray plunges into crazyland, he extracts himself with a series of rhetorical questions, such as these How could I trust Knoss The whopper he was telling coul I had hoped for the definitive history of D B Cooper, especially given that author Geoffrey Gray was allowed access to the FBI s D B Cooper files Instead, I got some history of D B Cooper heavily diluted with forays into the lives of Cooper suspects and those obsessed with solving the case This is a world of crazies, and whenever Gray plunges into crazyland, he extracts himself with a series of rhetorical questions, such as these How could I trust Knoss The whopper he was telling could not be accurate But what if it was Or part of it was How could I afford not to listen In related news, the moon is not made of green cheese But what if it is Ugh As is too often the case with popular nonfiction books, I would have been better off reading the Wikipedia article An entertaining book, but extremely disappointing


  10. Michael Michael says:

    I was only intrigued to read this because one of my friends told me about this guy I am always intrigued with people who disappear out of nowhere such as people like Amelia Hart I have a weird fascination with cases like that, so this was right up my alley Unfortunately, the writing style was very dense, it was not like anything that I thought it was going to be It was one of those books that could have been better if it was written better I also thought it was going to beof a memoir I was only intrigued to read this because one of my friends told me about this guy I am always intrigued with people who disappear out of nowhere such as people like Amelia Hart I have a weird fascination with cases like that, so this was right up my alley Unfortunately, the writing style was very dense, it was not like anything that I thought it was going to be It was one of those books that could have been better if it was written better I also thought it was going to beof a memoir type of book or at leastnonfiction style like I felt that the contents were very dry and I just did not care to read by the first page I would stick to reading articles about D.V cooper or if there is any film adaption This one was very trite and forgettable, it was not worth the read so it was a huge letdown.Another book that bites the dust.NEXT


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Skyjack: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper I have a bomb here and I would like you to sit by meThat was the note handed to a stewardess by a mild mannered passenger on a Northwest Orient flight inIt was the start of one of the most astonishing whodunits in the history of American true crime how one man extorted , from an airline, then parachuted into the wilds of the Pacific Northwest and into oblivion D B Cooper s case has become the stuff of legend and obsessed and cursed his pursuers with everything from bankruptcy to suicidal despair Now with Skyjack, journalist Geoffrey Gray delves into this unsolved mystery uncovering new leads in the infamous caseStarting with a tip from a private investigator into a promising suspect a Cooper lookalike, Northwest employee, and trained paratrooper , Gray is propelled into the murky depths of a decades old mystery, conducting new interviews and obtaining a first ever look at Cooper s FBI file Beginning with a heart stopping and unprecedented recreation of the crime itself, from cabin to cockpit to tower, and uncanny portraits of characters who either chased Cooper or might have committed the crime, including Ralph Himmelsbach, the most dogged of FBI agents, who watched with horror as a criminal became a counter culture folk hero who supposedly shafted the system Karl Fleming, a respected reporter whose career was destroyed by a Cooper scoop that was a scam and Barbara nee Bobby Dayton, a transgendered pilot who insisted she was Cooper herselfWith explosive new information and exclusive access to FBI files and forensic evidence, Skyjack reopens one of the great cold cases of the th century