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The Wright Brothers av David McCullough
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The Wright Brothers (urspr publ 2015; utgåvan 2015)

av David McCullough

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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? 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. 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.… (mer)
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Titel:The Wright Brothers
Författare:David McCullough
Info:Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 320 pages
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An interesting history of the brothers, though it lacks technical depth as far as problem solving the science of flying. ( )
  addunn3 | Aug 20, 2021 |
Good. But he needed to go to the Wright Collection at Wright State University. As well as our historical groups. Missed some really great things.

Beyond that not bad. ( )
  anthrosercher | Jul 11, 2021 |
Amazing story of Orville and Wilbur Wright's intrepid efforts to create human flight. Their creativity, ingenuity, perseverance, and thirst for knowledge and understanding was truly remarkable, starting with a letter to the Smithsonian asking for references and their intense study of birds.

McCullough's research is impeccable, from their bicycle designs to their efforts to find the ideal location for testing (desolate, windy Kitty Hawk), following their triumphs and setbacks, having to find support overseas as the U.S. thought others had a better chance to succeed. Their single-mindedness and dedication is nicely supplemented by stories of string friendships wherever they went.

Parts of the story were a bit dry or slow, which is why I did not give 5 stars. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
This was a really interesting biography on the Wright brothers. I'm surprised at how much I didn't know... notably that it took about 5-6 years before anybody actually realized that they had achieved controlled, powered flight. Or that they did a lot of rudimentary wind tunnel studies first. This wasn't some hack job... they scienced the crap out of the first powered flight!

I disliked that the book ended without going into more details about the patent suits. I've read that the reason that aviation in the United States was so slow to take off (pun intended) was due to the Wright Company being so fierce about its patents. I'm not sure how accurate that is, and would have liked more information about it. It wasn't really until WWII that US aviation started to hold its own and be competitive with other countries.

Definitely recommended to anybody who enjoys aviation or early 20th century US history. ( )
  lemontwist | Jun 8, 2021 |
a book by David McCullough
  mullinstreetzoo | Feb 12, 2021 |
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David McCullough is interested in only one thing, namely how it was possible that two autodidacts from Ohio managed to satisfy a longing that the species had harbored for centuries. “The Wright Brothers” is merely this: a story, well told, about what might be the most astonishing feat mankind has ever accomplished. As the comic Louis C.K. has said, reprovingly, to those who complain about the inconveniences and insults of modern air travel: “You’re sitting. In a chair. In the SKY!!” Which is saying a lot. On its own terms, “The Wright Brothers” soars.
tillagd av ozzer | ändraNew York Times, Daniel Okrent (May 4, 2015)
 
This concise, exciting and fact-packed book sees the easy segue between bicycling and aerial locomotion, which at that point was mostly a topic for bird fanciers and dreamers.
tillagd av rakerman | ändraNew York Times, Janet Maslin (betalvägg) (May 3, 2015)
 
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From ancient times and into the Middle Ages, man has dreamed of taking to the sky, of soaring into the blue like the birds.
In as strong a photograph as any taken of the brothers together, they sit side by side on the back porch steps of the Wright family home on a small side street on the west end of Dayton, Ohio.
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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? 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. 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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