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The Wright brothers / David McCullough.

Summary:
On a winter day in 1903, on the remote Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio, Wilbur and Orville Wright, changed history. The age of flight had begun with the first heavier-than-air powered machine carrying a pilot. Far more than a couple of Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success, the Wright brothers were men of exceptional ability, unyielding determination, and far-ranging intellectual interest and curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing. They grew up without electricity or indoor plumbing, but with books aplenty, supplied mainly by their preacher father. And they never stopped learning. Nor did their high-spirited, devoted sister, Katharine, who played a far more important role in their endeavors than has been generally understood. When the brothers worked together, no problem seemed insurmountable. Wilbur, the older of the two, was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few people had ever seen. Nothing stopped them in their "mission," not failures, not ridicule, not even the reality that every time they took off in one of their experimental contrivances, they stood a good chance of being killed. In this thrilling book master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including personal diaries, notebooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence, to tell the human side of a profoundly American story. -- Provided by dustjacket.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781476728742
  • ISBN: 1476728747
  • ISBN: 9781476728759
  • ISBN: 1476728755
  • ISBN: 9781410478757
  • ISBN: 1410478750
  • Physical Description: 320 pages, 48 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-308) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Beginnings -- The dream takes hold -- Where the winds blow -- Unyielding resolve -- December 17, 1903 -- Out at Huffman prairie -- A capital exhibit A -- Triumph at Le Mans -- The crash -- A time like no other -- Causes for celebration -- Epilogue.
Subject: Wright, Orville, 1871-1948.
Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912.
Haskell, Katharine Wright, 1874-1929.
Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912.
Wright, Orville, 1871-1948.
Haskell, Katharine Wright, 1874-1929.
Wright, Orville, 1871-1948.
Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912.
Haskell, Katharine Wright, 1874-1929.
Aeronautics > United States > History > 20th century.
Aeronautics > United States > Biography.
Aeronautics.
Aeronautics > United States > History > 20th century.
Aeronautics > United States > Biography.
United States.
Aeronautics > United States > History > 20th century.
Aeronautics > United States > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.
History.
Biography.

Available copies

  • 130 of 134 copies available at SPARK Libraries. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Wales Area.

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  • 1 current hold with 134 total copies.
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