"PATHFINDER - THE PETER ISAACSON
"IN THE AIR-ON THE GROUND"
By Denis Warner
By Denis Warner
|Peter Stuart Isaacson
had two careers - as a war-time pilot, (he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the
Air Force Cross and the Distinguished Flying Medal), and as head of his own publishing
empire - and in both lived by the philosophy: "When in doubt, do the courageous
thing." Whether as a Pathfinder bomber pilot in World War II, with the lives of his
crew dependent on his skill and courage, or as an inspirational and demanding newspaper
and magazine boss, "doing the courageous thing" was Peter Isaacson's guiding
"Pathfinder" is the remarkable story of a young man who defied the odds against survival by flying dangerous missions over Nazi Germany and returned to Australia to a hero's welcome, he and his crew flying Lancaster bomber "Q for Queenie" around Australia to raise funds for the war effort. In one memorably daring "stunt", he flew the huge Lancaster under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
In peacetime, the redoubtable Isaacson resumed his fledgling career in journalism and launched his own publishing company on little more than the smell of ink. Isaacson's vision and determination saw his venture grow from one tiny suburban newspaper to a multi-national publishing group.
This is a story of achievement against the odds, in war and peace. It is the story of a man who succeeded because he insisted on "doing the courageous thing".
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