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March 30, 2014 12:00 AM

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“Back in January, right before airplane dramas became an international obsession again, I read Brendan I. Koerner’s The Skies Belong to Us. The crux is a cinematic recounting of this brazen plot by a Vietnam veteran and his beach-bum girlfriend to hijack a Seattle-bound airliner from California to Algeria in 1972. Its real genius is plunging readers into a world most of us know nothing about — a time when flights were getting hijacked almost weekly, forcing a total reinvention of the way we've traveled since — to tell us something unexpected and revealing about our own.”

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