The Wright Brothers

English language

Published May 5, 2015

ISBN:
978-1-4767-2874-2
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The Wright Brothers is a 2015 non-fiction book written by the popular historian David McCullough and published by Simon & Schuster. It is a history of the American inventors and aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright. The book was on The New York Times Non-Fiction Best Sellers list for seven weeks in 2015.

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They Made Flying Look Easy

5 stars

The first airplane was such a big deal you learned about it in elementary school. But hang on, you didn't learn hardly anything about it! Never fear. David takes you through the infancy of aviation and all its heros, not just Wilbur and Orville. A story of character, grit, determination, and meticulous research, the airplane was far from a guarantee, but the Wrights made it seem inevitable.

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5 stars

Loved this. A less intensive read than the other McCullough books I've tackled, possibly because the scope is more limited. I've never known more about the Wright brothers' first flight than the basic facts. This book describes the brothers' upbringing and work ethic, detailing their approach toward building their flying machines. This period of innovation is set against the Great War we know is coming. It is incredible that within little more than a decade we went from the first flight to using these machines as instruments of destruction. I'm going to try to get my book club to tackle this.

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