Earlier this year, Atlantic Fever was published.  In it Joe Jackson concentrates on the first half of 1927, and the scramble by a handful of aviators to win the Orteig Prize of $25,000 (about $300,000 in today’s dollars) payable to the first aviator to fly from New York to Paris or from Paris to New York.  This book covers some ot the same ground which will be the subject of my new book and at first I was disappointed that someone had beaten me to the punch.  Jackson’s book is wonderful and adds a good deal to our understanding of the men who risked everything to be the first to fly the Atlantic.  I continue to work on my book which is broader in scope and covers all the aviators of 1927.  Right now the title is:  “1927  Wow!  The Brilliant First Year Of The Golden Age Of Aviation.”  With every book I read, and every old newspaper I find, there are more interesting stories that just have to be included.  I will finish by the end of the year.  Now that I have said it, I have no choice.