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1 McClement, Fred. Anvil of the Gods: Modern Airplanes versus Violent Storms.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1964. First Edition. 
Royal octavo, black cloth & gray boards (hardcover), silver letters, 272 pp. Neat former-owner bookplate; otherwise, Fine, in a Very Good, mylar protected dust jacket that has been price-clipped and has lightly rubbed edges. From Foreword: ...Some readers will draw the erroneous conclusion that this book capitalizes on the crashes and destruction of a number of great airliners, and that it takes advantage of the obviously important meaning to airline passengers. Nothing of the sort is intended. Yet there can be no escaping the grim fact that many airliners have met disaster in the sky, and have become the catastrophes splashed across newspaper front pages. We cannot avoid these facts -- simply because they are facts. Airliners, despite the most rigid safety requirements, have been on too many occasions hurled from the sky. Some of them have been literally torn apart in midair; others have plumeted out of control. These things have happened where the crew met every requirement, and more; where the airplane met and exceeded the structural and safety requirements demanded not only by the United States Government but also by its builder and the airline. The trap in the sky is the storm -- storms with energy beyond our comprehension, storms with forces so violent that only recently have we begun to understand their nature... 
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