1st ed., 1979. 319 pp. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Front cover leaning o/w V.G. This book tells the story of the secret operation that was, in its heyday, the largest airline in the world. In the years after World War II – throughout the Cold War and into the seventies – the CIA possessed a little-known auxiliary: a network of civil airlines, owned wholly or partly (but clandestinely) by the US Government. Either under their ownership or at their disposal they eventually had more aircraft than other company anywhere; they were collectively known as Air America. The pilots, often Korean or World War II veterans, carried out bizarre, often dangerous and sometimes comic exploits in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, Indonesia and elsewhere.