Author: C. Michael Hiam
Title: Dirigible Dreams: The Age of the Airship
Publication Info: Lebanon, NH : ForeEdge, 2014.
I received this book free through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. Hiam details the history of rigid airships – or dirigibles – from their earliest innovation in that turn of the 20th century through World War II. Great Britain, France, Italy, the United States, and most of all Germany put a lot of effort into programs to build airships. Stories of airships used for Arctic exploration, warfare, and commercial travel are related. Mostly though, dirigibles seemed to be prone to crashing and/or blowing up. After 40 years of disaster, it’s not a surprise that the airship era came to an end. They still seem pretty cool though. Hiam’s writing is a bit dry, but the text is lit up by some engaging stories of dirigible dreams and nightmares.