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Airport (изд. 2015 г. )

This is a fictional story - fast paced, exciting, richly textured with memorable characters. Yet we think you will find it more than a story. It is about your airport too. Yet those with inside knowledge - like Mel Bakersfield, the airports career-jinxed general manager - are aware of grave deficiencies. Operational areas are out molded to the point of danger; air traffic control is overtaxed; the supposedly modern glass chrome main terminal has become a whited sepulcher. Against this background is set a dramatic, behind the scenes story of seven eventful airport hours during a mid-winter snowstorm - with pressures passions and problems of their own - who share them. You will meet Joe Patroni, cocky and genial airline maintenance chief, striving to clear a disabled aircraft from an urgently needed runway; Air Traffic Controller Keith Bakersfeld suffering stress and conscience stricken by the memory of an air disaster for which he was responsible; Tanya Livingston passenger relations agent (an attractive divorcee) whose suspicions triggered by a sharp-eyed customs inspector, reveal an unsuspected crisis; Captain (and check pilot) Vernon Demerest, arrogant admired by women and despising&34;ground bound pigeons,&34; especially Airport Commissioners; Elliot Freemantle, crusading lawyer, leading a group of home-owners incensed by airport noise; Gwen Meighen, a hot-tempered English brunette from&34;Stewardess Row&34;; Ada Quonsett, an old lady who explains her techniques as an...

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Arthur Hailey

Arthur Hailey (April 5, 1920November 24, 2004) was a British/Canadian novelist.

Biography

Born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England, Hailey served in the Royal Air Force from the start of World War II in 1939 until 1947, when he went to live in Canada. After working at a number of jobs and writing part-time, he became a full-time writer in 1956, encouraged by the success of the CBC television drama, "Flight into Danger" (in print as "Runway Zero Eight"). Following the success of "Hotel" in 1965, he moved to California; in 1969, he moved to the Bahamas to avoid Canadian and U.S. income taxes, which were claiming 90% of his income.

Each of his novels has a different industrial or commercial setting and includes, in addition to dramatic human conflict, carefully researched information about the way that particular environments and systems function and how these affect society and its inhabitants.

Critics often dismissed Hailey's success as the result of a formulaic style in which he centered a crisis on an ordinary character, then inflated the suspense by hopping among multiple related plotlines. However, he was so popular with readers that his books were guaranteed to become best-sellers.

He would spend about one year researching a subject, followed by six months reviewing his notes and, finally, about 18 months writing the book. That aggressive research — tracking rebel guerrillas in the Peruvian jungle at age 67 for "The Evening News" (1990), or reading 27 books on the hotel industry for "Hotel" - gave his novels a realism that appealed to readers, even as some critics complained that he used it to mask a lack of literary talent.

Many of his books have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and more than 170 million copies have been sold worldwide in 40 languages. Many have been made into movies and "Hotel" was made into a long-running television series. "Airport" became a blockbuster movie with stunning visual effects.

A Canadian citizen whose children live in Canada and California, Hailey made his home in Lyford Cay, an exclusive residential resort on New Providence Island in the Bahamas with his second wife Sheila (who wrote "I Married a Best-Seller" in 1978). Hailey's grandchildren include Paul Hailey, Emma Hailey, Charlotte Hailey and Brooke Hailey, who are students in Northern California; Ryan Hailey, a talented young bass player and vocalist in a San Francisco band [http://www.crackerjackhighway.com/CJH/Band.html] ; and Chris Hailey, who is completing an audio engineering degree in Seattle, Washington.

Hailey died in 2004.

Bibliography

* "Runway Zero-Eight" (1958) - in-flight medical emergency, caused by food poisoning; spoofed in the movie "Airplane!". This story started as the CBC TV movie "Flight into Danger", then became the 1957 Paramount Pictures movie "Zero Hour!", and was finally published as the novel "Runway Zero-Eight" (ISBN 0-440-17546-1).
* "The Final Diagnosis" (1959) - hospital politics as seen from the pathology department
* "In High Places" (1960) - Cold War Era politics in North America
* "Hotel" (1965) - hotels
* "Airport" (1968) - airport politics
* "Wheels" (1971) - automobile industry
* "The Moneychangers" (1975) - banks
* "Overload" (1979) - power crisis in California
* "Strong Medicine" (1984) - pharmaceutical industry
* "The Evening News" (1990) - newscasters
* "Detective" (1997) - investigation politics

See also

* List of novelists

External links

* [http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0003525 Arthur Hailey's] entry in [http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=HomePage&Params=A1 The Canadian Encyclopedia]
* [http://www.abcbookworld.com/view_author.php?id=6845 An article that includes the relation of "Flight into Danger", "Zero Hour!", and "Runway Zero Eight"]
* [http://www.kruegerbooks.com/books/sig/hailey-arthur.html Signature of Arthur Hailey]
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* [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1477599/Arthur-Hailey.html Obituary at The Daily Telegraph]

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