Two-time winner in the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story concerning the courageous brothers who taught the planet how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.
On a winter day in 1903, inside Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the planet some time to believe what had happened: age of flight had begun, with all the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot.
Who were these men and ways in which was it that they can achieved the things they did?
David McCullough, two-time winner on the Pulitzer Prize, tells the surprising, profoundly American story of Wilbur and Orville Wright.
Far greater than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened hitting on success, these folks were men of exceptional courage and determination, as well as far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity, most of which they related to their upbringing. The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but there have been books aplenty, supplied usually by their preacher father, and they also never stopped reading.
When they worked together, not an issue seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had experienced. That they had no greater than a public school education, little money with no contacts in high places, never stopped them into their “mission” to adopt to the air. Nothing did, not the self-evident reality that many time they shot to popularity in one in their contrivances, they risked being killed.
In this thrilling book, master historian David McCullough draws within the immense riches from the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and higher than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to see the human side on the Wright Brothers’ story, such as the little-known contributions of these sister, Katharine, without whom things could have gone differently for the children.