It's hard to imagine a book that chronicles the early years of air travel, and graphically describes the disasters that befell so many pioneers, could be described as...poetic. Ernie Gann attended Yale before joining American Airlines in the the 1930s flying DC-2s and DC-3s. In Fate is the Hunter, he chronicles his flying career: literally charting new territories around the globe, witnessing tragedies and being part of the truly romantic era of flying. His eloquence is awe inspiring, "...the sky is exhausted, having given to the earth below nearly all it can." The omnipresent death that clouded so many in the early days is a constant theme, "We are paid to avoid hazard...our zeal for air transport is always soured when we so easily reflect on failures involving late comrades...we recognize our possible epitaph - His end was abrupt." Gann went on to write other significant novels including The High and the Mighty, and, wrote the TV miniseries, Masada.