The Wright Brothers

Category: Book
By (author): McCullough, David
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General
  HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  HISTORY / United States / General
  TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Aeronautics & Astronautics
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: May 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 9.25in x 6.12in
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From The Publisher*The #1 New York Times bestseller from David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize-the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly-Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two brothers-bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio-changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe that the age of flight had begun, with the first powered machine carrying a pilot.

Orville and Wilbur Wright were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity. When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education and little money never stopped them in their mission to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off, they risked being killed.

In this "enjoyable, fast-paced tale" (The Economist), master historian David McCullough "shows as never before how two Ohio boys from a remarkable family taught the world to fly" (The Washington Post) and "captures the marvel of what the Wrights accomplished" (The Wall Street Journal). He draws on the extensive Wright family papers to profile not only the brothers but their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them. Essential reading, this is "a story of timeless importance, told with uncommon empathy and fluency…about what might be the most astonishing feat mankind has ever accomplished…The Wright Brothers soars" (The New York Times Book Review).
Review Quote*"A story of timeless importance, told with uncommon empathy and fluency. . . . A story, well told, about what might be the most astonishing feat mankind has ever accomplished. . . . The Wright Brothers soars."
Review Quote*"David McCullough has etched a brisk, admiring portrait of the modest, hardworking Ohioans who designed an airplane in their bicycle shop and solved the mystery of flight on the sands of Kitty Hawk, N.C. He captures the marvel of what the Wrights accomplished and, just as important, the wonder felt by their contemporaries. . . . Mr. McCullough is in his element writing about seemingly ordinary folk steeped in the cardinal American virtues-self-reliance and can-do resourcefulness."
Review Quote*"[McCullough] takes the Wrights' story aloft. . . . Concise, exciting, and fact-packed. . . . Mr. McCullough presents all this with dignified panache, and with detail so granular you may wonder how it was all collected."
Review Quote*"McCullough's magical account of [the Wright Brothers'] early adventures - enhanced by volumes of family correspondence, written records, and his own deep understanding of the country and the era - shows as never before how two Ohio boys from a remarkable family taught the world to fly."
Review Quote*"An outstanding saga of the lives of two men who left such a giant footprint on our modern age."
Review Quote*"[An] enjoyable, fast-paced tale. . . . A fun, fast ride."
Review Quote*"[A] fluently rendered, skillfully focused study. . . . An educational and inspiring biography of seminal American innovators."
Review Quote*"McCullough's usual warm, evocative prose makes for an absorbing narrative; he conveys both the drama of the birth of flight and the homespun genius of America's golden age of innovation."