Wind, Sand and Stars
title:Terre des hommes
(Land of Men)) is a memoir
by Antoine de Saint Exupéry
published in 1939. The pilot
recounts several episodes from his years flying treacherous mail routes across the Sahara
and the Andes
. The central incident details the 1935 plane crash he survived in the Libyan
Sahara Desert, between Benghazi
. Saint Exupéry, and his navigator André Prévot, are left almost without water and food, as chances of finding an oasis
or help from the air gradually decrease. The book illustrates the author's view of the world and his opinions of what makes life worth living.
The charity Terre des hommes was named after this book.
Expo 67, the 1967 world's fair held in Montreal, used "Terre des hommes / Man and His World" as its theme, based on the philosophies expressed in Saint Exupéry's book.