1st ed., 1966. 286 pp., frontis., + 17 photo-plates. D.j., 22 x 15cm. FINE. In 1937 Amelia Earhart, already famous as the first woman to cross the North Atlantic by air, hit even bigger world headlines when she and her navigator, Captain Noonan, vanished without a trace in the Western Pacific during an attempt to fly round the world. Despite an exhaustive search by American ships and planes, no clue to their disappearance was found. Now, as a result of six years of dogged and adventurous investigation, the author has gathered some astonishing evidence which points inflexibly to one answer: Amelia Earhart was on an espionage mission for the U.S. Government when her plane went down; she and Noonan were not ‘lost at sea', they were captured by the Japanese and died, or were killed, in captivity. Scores of interviews, examinations of sunken aircraft and excavated graves eventually fitted all the pieces together in this compelling account that unravels one of the great mysteries of the last century.