Jet Set: The People, the Planes, the Glamour, and the Romance in Aviation's Glory Years

Jet Set: The People, the Planes, the Glamour, and the Romance in Aviation's Glory Years


In October 1958, Pan American international airlines begun making on a regular basis scheduled flights among long island and Paris, courtesy of its newly minted ask yourself jet, the Boeing 707. virtually in a single day, the moneyed celebrities of the period made Europe their playground. even as, the dream of overseas commute got here real for millions of standard american citizens who longed to emulate the “jet set” lifestyle.
 
Bestselling writer and Vanity Fair contributor William Stadiem brings that Jet Age dream to existence back within the first-ever e-book in regards to the glamorous decade while americans took to the skies in colossal numbers as by no means ahead of, with the wealthy and well-known elbowing their solution to front of the road. Dishy anecdotes and finely rendered personality sketches re-create the realm of sumptuous airplanes, specific locations, and lovely, filthy rich trendsetters who grew to become transatlantic trip into an inalienable correct. It was once the age of Camelot and “Come Fly with Me,” Grace Kelly on the Prince’s Palace in Monaco, and Mary Quant miniskirts at the streets of Swinging London. males nonetheless wore hats, stewardesses confirmed lots of leg, and the seashore at Saint-Tropez was once only a seven-hour flight away.
 
Jet Set reads like a who’s who of the excellent and good hooked up, from the swashbuckling “skycoons” who introduced the jet fleet to the playboys, moguls, and financiers who saved it flying. one of the bold-face names at the passenger show up: Juan Trippe, the Yale-educated WASP with the Spanish-sounding identify who parlayed his fraternity contacts right into a tiny airmail path that grew to become the world’s greatest airline, Pan Am; couturier to the celebs Oleg Cassini, the Kennedy administration’s “Secretary of Style,” and his social mountaineering brother Igor, who grew to become the main robust gossip columnist in America—then misplaced all of it in a single of the juiciest scandals of the century; Temple Fielding, the high-rolling excessive priest of commute publications, and his budget-conscious rival Arthur Frommer; Conrad Hilton, the hot Mexico cowboy who equipped the main strong luxurious lodge chain in the world; and Mary Wells Lawrence, the queen bee of Madison street whose suggestive advertisements for Braniff and different airways introduced intercourse entice the skies.
 
Like a superfueled episode of Mad males, Jet Set conjures up a time long past yet nonetheless vivid in American reminiscence. it is a rollicking, attractive romp in the course of the ring-a-ding glory years of air commute, whilst break out used to be the last word aphrodisiac and the grins have been as huge because the aisles.
 
Praise for Jet Set
 
“Aeronautics background, excessive instances from the Nineteen Fifties and ’60s, tremendously flexible name-dropping (from Mrs. John Jacob Astor to Christine Keeler of the Profumo scandal) and Sinatra’s ‘Come Fly With Me’ as one of those subject matter track [all] attached to the glamorous days of air travel.”—Janet Maslin, The ny Times
 
“What a e-book William Stadium has written. . . . The Kennedys, the Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra, and early financiers like Eddie Gilbert are handled extensive. . . . I lived in detail via all of it within the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s and i'm but to discover a mistake in writer Stadiem’s impressive e-book. Order it now. all of the avid gamers are here.”—Liz Smith, syndicated columnist
 
“William Stadiem sexes up the dignity days of aviation in Jet Set. Fly me!”Vanity Fair
 
“William Stadiem’s Jet Set takes you the place no smooth airliner can: to a time . . . while the technique of go back and forth used to be as unique because the vacation spot, and infrequently extra so.”Town & Country

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