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Book Title: Into the Abyss: How a Deadly Plane Crash Changed the Lives of a Pilot, a Politician, a Criminal and a Cop|
The author of the book: Carol Shaben
Edition: Random House Canada
Date of issue: October 16th 2012
ISBN 13: 9780307360229
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On an icy night in October 1984, a Piper Navajo commuter plane carrying 9 passengers crashed in the remote wilderness of northern Alberta, killing 6 people. Four survived: the rookie pilot, a prominent politician, a cop, and the criminal he was escorting to face charges. Despite the poor weather, Erik Vogel, the 24-year-old pilot, was under intense pressure to fly--a situation not uncommon to pilots working for small airlines. Overworked and exhausted, he feared losing his job if he refused to fly. Larry Shaben, the author's father and Canada's first Muslim Cabinet Minister, was commuting home after a busy week at the Alberta Legislature. After Paul Archambault, a drifter wanted on an outstanding warrant, boarded the plane, rookie Constable Scott Deschamps decided, against RCMP regulations, to remove his handcuffs--a decision that profoundly impacted the men's survival. As they fought through the night to stay alive, the dividing lines of power, wealth and status were erased and each man was forced to confront the precious and limited nature of his existence. The survivors forged unlikely friendships and through them found strength and courage to rebuild their lives. Into the Abyss is a powerful narrative that combines in-depth reporting with sympathy and grace to explore how a single, tragic event can upset our assumptions and become a catalyst for transformation.
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Read information about the authorCarol Shaben is an award winning journalist and author. Nominated as Canada's Best New Magazine writer, she is a recipient of two National Magazine Awards including a Gold Medal for Investigative Journalism.
"Into the Abyss" sold to Random House Canada within two hours and has been published in the US, UK, Brazil, Spain and Spanish speaking world. It is a National Bestseller, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, a BBC Radio Book of the Week and an Amazon.com Best Book of the Month. Publishers Weekly called Into the Abyss an "electrifying history", the Washington Post deemed it a "deep and satisfying book' and Kirkus Reviews described it as "a complex, chilling narrative rendered with depth and precision." Into the Abyss received the 2013 Edna Staebler National Award for Non-Fiction and was a finalist for the BC Book Prizes Hubert Evan’s Non-Fiction Prize.