aerial bombing was so common that, as
historian Keith Robbins has noted, a
British pilot could write home,"I have
not much news today, except that I
have had a splendid gan"le of tennis, and
a rather pleasant bombing raid."
Americans also demonstrated their
courage in aerial combat in World War
I. Five North Carolinians were among
those few Americans who volunteered
to fight for the French in World War I
prior to America's entry into the war.
Kiffin and Paul Rockwell ofAsheville,
in particular, held the conviction that
they fought for democracy vs. autoc-
racy. In our time, such brave volun-
teers may appear to have been
anachronisms of democratic chivalry.
They were certainly brave. All but
Paul Rockwell died in air combat.
In 1900, the Wright brothers
started their efforts with a fragile
wooden glider, with wings made of
cloth and held together by piano wire.
(Mter the glider crashed, the cloth was
used to make dresses for girls in Kitty
Hawk.) In a mere 69 years,America
launched men into space and touched
the surface of the moon. Parramore's
book is a chapter in the early, rapid
historical development ofmanned
flight. He chronicles the tour de force
that was the efforts of North Carolini-
ans in that early history of aviation. As
Parramore reminds us, the secret of
flying was not a creation of Martians,
nor was such knowledge inevitable.
Rather it was the result ofrisk, deter-
mination and ingenuity on the part of
individuals, many of them Tar Heels.
Airlie: The Garden if Wilmington
(The Airlie Foundation, 2001) by
Susan Taylor Block ' 73. Block explores
the history of Airlie Gardens from its
beginning to the present, including
historic pictures and maps.
Blood Image: Turner Ashby in the
Civill¥c!r and the Southern Mind
(Louisiana State University Press,
2002) by Paul Christopher Anderson
' 90. Anderson has written the first
complete biography on Confederate
cavalier leader Turner Ashby, looking
at Ashby as a leader who won admira-
tion for his fearlessness.
Jews if the Dutch Caribbean:
Exploring Ethnic Identity on Curacao
(Roudedge, 2002) by Alan F. Ben-
jamin ' 97 (PhD). A litde-
known group ofJews in
Curacao are the subject of
Benjamin's study on eth-
nicity and the contexts that
shape ethnic identity.
Joseph Mitchell: Pilgrim in
Manhattan (Xlibris Corp.,
2001) by Raymond J. Run-
dus. The first full-length
study of Mitchell ' 29, the
renowned reporter and
writer for The N et/J Yorker,
evaluates a literary career
that still inspires writers.
Someone to Kill (Forge
Books, 2002) by Kurt Cor-
riller ' 78 (PhD). In Corri-
her's debut thriller, an
unlikely hero emerges in
John Pavlak, aVietnan"l vet-
eran who tries to solve his
wife's and daughter's murders and
exact vengeance on the guilty.
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