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It is original, authoritative, and an engaging read. To Midwesterners tucked into small towns or farms early in the twentieth century, the landscape of the American heartland reached the horizon—and then imagination had to provide what lay beyond. But when aviation took off and scenes of the Midwest were no longer earthbound, the Midwestern landscape was transformed and with it, Jason Weems suggests in this book, the very idea of the Midwest itself.

In the maps and aerial survey photography of the Midwest, as well as the painting, cinema, animation, and suburban landscapes that arose through flight, Weems also finds a different and provocative view of modernity in the making. Reading comparatively across these images, Weems explores how the cognitive and perceptual practices of aerial vision helped to resymbolize the Midwestern landscape amid the technological change and social uncertainty of the early twentieth century.

Jason Weems is associate professor of art history at the University of California, Riverside.

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Enthusiasts of visual culture, history, and rural life should welcome this book, which performs significant cultural work itself in reorienting scholarly views of the Midwest, and is a strong contribution to the current recentering of the Midwest in American cultural studies. His specialty in art history, along with a deep understanding of geography, architecture, and planning, provides a well-rounded and thoughtful treatment of the topic that is truly multidisciplinary and relevant to any student or resident of the Great Plains.

Productively combining cultural history, visual theory, science studies, art history and geography, the book will interest a diverse readership.

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It's an exciting nine-day adventure with a barnstorming pilot who is a day-dreamer and wind-chaser. He will leave you with dreams and memories that will last a lifetime.

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Along with his love for flying old biplanes and restoring antique aircraft, he has flown over hours across America as a charter pilot, spray pilot, air show pilot, flight instructor, and banner pilot. He lives on a small farm in Maryland with his wife and soul mate Denise Wilder. Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Product details File Size: January 13, Sold by: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. When learning to fly, and in my early years, I bought a metalized cessna and spent a year flying the old airmail routes and visiting many old airports. Occasionally i would see a stearman and wonder how it would be to fly cross country in an open cockpit.

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I never did, but this book proved to me that my closed water tight heated oil free cockpit was by far a more enjoyable experience. This is a great story about flying Stearmans. As a previous Stearman owner, or more correctly stated, caretaker of a fine piece of history, I think I have a valid view point. You will not be disappointed, it is almost as good as flying the real thing.


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