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The Wright Brothers - David McCullough
The Wright Brothers
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#1 New York Times bestseller Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells 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 unknown... show more
#1 New York Times bestseller Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells 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 unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot.Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did?David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the surprising, profoundly American story of Wilbur and Orville Wright.Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success, they were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing. The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but there were books aplenty, supplied mainly by their preacher father, and they never stopped reading.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, little money and no contacts in high places, 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 in one of their contrivances, they risked being killed.In this thrilling book, master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers’ story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them.
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Format: Kindle Edition
ISBN: 9781476728766
ASIN: B00LD1RWP6
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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Toni
Toni rated it
3.0 "The Wright Brothers:, by David McCullough
This is a concise and minutely researched biography of the Wright Brothers’ accomplishments. Although the account is well-known, Mr. McCullough has revitalized it with a wealth of details, large chunks of material and newspapers embellishments. With an artist’s touch the author has recreated the liv...
Turn The Page
Turn The Page rated it
I would say this is the most inspiring story about determination and overcoming odds with respect to discovering modern engineering and physics that are there for the taking that I have ever read. McCullough does an absolutely masterful job of revealing these two gentlemen from Dayton, Ohio who bega...
Quite the Wondering Selection
Quite the Wondering Selection rated it
4.0 The Wright Brothers
Great, quick read about the Wright Brothers. Found out so much more and am so much more impressed with them. Did not know all the attempts at Kitty Hawk, then back in Ohio, then in Europe, and finally up the Hudson River. Plus the large impact their sister had in their lives.
markk
markk rated it
3.0 Well-told but lacking the technical details of the Wrights' achievements
As brothers who achieved a goal that had eluded some of humanity's greatest minds for centuries, the Wright brothers represent one of the great tales of invention in history. Many writers have told their tale over the years, each with their own approach to explaining how they accomplished it. David ...
Char's Horror Corner
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5.0 The Wright Brothers written and narrated by David McCullough
I haven't read nearly enough of David McCullough's books. This is my second and I loved it. The story of the Wright Brothers is as fascinating as it is incredible. From this book I learned that they were hard working men and SO determined. Never did they give up-despite the failure of numerous tes...
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