Books That Inspire 2004

Night Flight
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

In a language beautiful while sparse, this thin book bravely explores the human drama of leadership. Set in South America in pioneer times of aviation, flight at night was perilous from numerous storms and inaccurate weather forecasts, to the fragility of the machines and engines. “We behave as if there were something of higher value than human life,” muses Riviere, boss of the airline. Yet further, “It is a matter of life and death for us; for the lead we gain by day on ships and railways is lost each night.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupery, writer extraordinaire, was also a pilot. He was lost at sea in 1944.
James Patterson
Associate Dean