Juan Trippe, the first and last aviation tycoon in history, learned to fly in the rickety machines of World War I, when he sky appealed only to daredevils, and his life expectancy could have been counted, probably, in days. He was as star struck as any of the other young aviators of the day, but he was also a Yale educated banker's son who believed the world was crying out for air travel but didn't yet know it. In 1927 Pan American had only one route, 90 miles from Key West to Havana. Within eight years at great risk and against fantastic odds Pan Am had crossed the Pacific, and after that Trippe thrust his tentacles into all of Latin America, into Europe, Africa, Australia--even into China. He was a nerveless, sometimes vicious competitor who bought up or drove out of business anyone who got in his way - President Roosevelt once referred to him as a "Yale educated gangster" until he had built Pan Am into the mightiest airline in the world.
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Used availability for Robert Daley's An American Saga - Juan Trippe and his Pan Am Empire
February 1980 : USA Hardback
October 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition