Patrick Smith and Sourcebooks are proud to announce publication of Cockpit Confidential:
Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel. Questions, Answers, and Reflections.
Now an official New York Times bestseller!
“Brilliant is the word that applies. A book to be savored and passed to friends.”
— William Langeweische, Vanity Fair
A wry, thoughtful, and at times provocative look into the confounding world of commercial air travel, this is the ideal take-along for frequent flyers, nervous passengers, world travelers, and anybody yearning for an enlightened, behind-the-scenes look at the strange and misunderstood business of commercial aviation. More than just a book about flying, its subject is everything and everything about the grand theater of air travel, from airport architecture to terrorism to the colors and cultures of the world’s airlines.
Patrick Smith has been called the thinking man’s pilot. For the better part of a decade, his Ask the Pilot column at Salon.com was a singular and remarkable sensation: an aviation column, for heaven’s sake, that could offer up trenchant analysis of an air disaster one day, then the next day stride fearlessly into politics, culture, or even rock music, and somehow tie it all together. Cockpit Confidential features the best of that material, refreshed and adapted into a seven-chapter volume of FAQs, essays and personal memoir. Whether it’s the nuts and bolts of cockpit operation or a hilarious critique of airline logos and color schemes, Cockpit Confidential is smart, funny, and brimming with useful information.
“Nobody covers the airline experience like Patrick Smith. He brings balance and clarity to a subject all too often over-hyped. And, he’s a damned good writer.”
— Clive Irving, Condé Nast Traveler
• How planes fly, and a revealing look at the men and women who fly them
• Straight talk on turbulence, pilot training, and safety
• The real story on congestion, delays, and the dysfunction of the modern airport
• The myths and misconceptions of cabin air and cockpit automation
• Terrorism in perspective and a candid look at security
• Airfares, seating woes, and the pitfalls of airline customer service
• The colors and cultures of the airlines we love to hate
• The yin and yang of global travel
• Gratuitous references to 80s-era indie rock bands
“Cockpit Confidential is the document that belongs in the seat pocket in front of you.”
— David Pogue, New York Times correspondent and television host.
Available at booksellers everywhere…
IN THE U.S.
IN THE U.K. AND IRELAND
Now, as for that title, Cockpit Confidential….
Okay, okay, it’s cheap and derivative. But it wasn’t my idea.
All right, fine, it was my idea. Or, more specifically, it was a collaborative decision between me, my agent and the publisher. It’s a touch misleading, as the book isn’t the least bit scandalous, but I like the sound of it — the alliterative quality.
I can feel better knowing that I have Anthony Bourdain’s blessings, sort of, having ripped off his famous Kitchen Confidential. He was a passenger on one of my flights a year or so ago. I introduced myself and told him about my plans for a title. He laughed.