The best biography of Amelia so far is The Sound of Wings by Mary
S. Lovell (St. Martin’s Press, 1989). Nobody beats her research, or her
study of the period. You should also read Whistled Like A Bird by
Sally Putnam Chapman.
Lovell’s disappearance appendix isn’t very good. Our theory is that Lovell
added it at her editor’s insistence. It must be tough to get a biography
of AE published with out at least making a list of the theories. (We can
imagine that somewhere GP is agreeing with the editors... Let’s just hope
he haunts the folks responsible for I Was Amelia Earhart!!!)
It’s a pity that Lovell relied almost exclusively on Elgen Long for her
information concerning the disappearance. On that subject, many of her
otherwise well-referenced footnotes simply cite conversations with Mr.
Long. Go to The Amelia Earhart Library
and Film Festival for mini-reviews of other books.