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The Wright Brothers

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04#1 New York Times bestseller

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World)

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03In the century following the Civil War, a fiscal revolution improved the American lifestyle in ways previously unimaginable. Electric lighting, indoor plumbing, home equipment, automobiles, flights, ac, and television transformed households and workplaces. With medical advances, endurance between 1870 and 1970 grew from forty-five to seventy-two years. Weaving together a vivid narrative, historical anecdotes, and economic analysis, The Rise and Fall of American Growth offers an in-depth account on this momentous era. But has those years of unprecedented growth end?

Gordon challenges the scene that economic growth can or continues unabated, anf the husband demonstrates the life-altering scale of innovations between 1870 and 1970 cannot be repeated. He contends which the nation’s productivity growth, that has already slowed to some crawl, are going to be further held back with the vexing headwinds of rising inequality, stagnating education, an ageing population, as well as the rising debt of faculty students along with the federal government. Read the rest of this entry »

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain

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02A loving and hilarious—if occasionally spiky—valentine to Bill Bryson’s adopted country, Great Britain. Prepare for total joy and multiple instances of unseemly laughter.

Twenty a long time ago, Bill Bryson continued a trip around Britain to find and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes at a Small Island, a genuine classic and another of the bestselling travel books ever written. Now he’s traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental-car and on foot, to determine what has changed—and what hasn’t.

Following (although not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis within the south to Cape Wrath within the north, by means of places few travelers have you ever gotten to whatsoever, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country which he both celebrates and, when requested, twits. Read the rest of this entry »