Who Destroyed the Hindenburg? - A. A. HoehlingLondon: Robert Hale, 1962, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is spotted on the verso. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: “On May 6, 1937, at Lakehurst, New Jersey, the Nazis’ proud extravagant creation, the giant airship Hindenburg, crashed in a holocaust of flames. While the spectacular tragedy claimed 36 lives, it also spelled the end of the rigid airship.
There were official American and German investigations, which ultimately came up with a “probable” cause — static electricity igniting leaking hydrogen gas. But these conjectures were based on a chain of prior supposition.
Much was overlooked — or ignored — at the time, especially the character of Nazi Germany itself and the likelihood that the crew survivors would not be allowed to testify freely. In fact a leading piece of evidence, a report from a New York explosives laboratory, was filed away apparently unread, in U.S. Government archives, until exhumed by the author.
In travels throughout West Germany and in America the author managed to seek out and interview more than 30 passengers and crew survivors of the ill-fated dirigible. Their testimony, given freely for the first time, completed a jig-saw puzzle with a meaning that was unmistakable.
The Hindenburg’s loss was no accident, nor to be attributed to any “natural” phenomena or “Act of God”. The explosion was an act of man, deliberate, premeditated — a product of the hates and passions which in 1937 inflamed the civilized world. The author reveals at long last the answers to this most perplexing aerial mystery of the century — why the airship was destroyed, how, and by whom.”