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Curtiss, an associate of Alexander Graham Bell and bitter enemy of the Wright brothers, achieved several notable firsts in American aviation. Roseberry ``has caught the excitement, suspense and camaraderie of the pioneer days of flying quite vividly,'' said PW. Illustrated.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 514 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse Univ Press; Reprint edition (August 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815602642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815602644
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By gjcarpenter@earthlink.net/Jack Carpenter on July 21, 1998
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I first read this exceptional book years ago - and then met its author, Tip Roseberry, a fine man and an accomplished historian/writer. Sometime later I wrote my own book on Curtiss, PENDULUM, THE STORY OF AMERICA'S THREE AVIATION PIONEERS, WILBUR WRIGHT, ORVILLE WRIGHT, AND GLENN CURTISS, THE HENRY FORD OF AVIATION, and in the process discovered several important unknowns about Curtiss, his partner, Alexander Graham Bell, and his relationship with Henry Ford which Roseberry never knew. Suffice to say that anyone studying the life of Curtiss should read both books - and will come away with a new, never-before-understood appreciation of this great man. In fact, since finishing PENDULUM I've learned more very startling and important things which has led me to write BELL AND CURTISS, HOW THE PARTNERSHIP OF ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL AND GLENN HAMMOND CURTISS LED TO THE FOUNDING OF THE AMERICAN AVIATION INDUSTRY, as yet unpublished. But the credit goes to Tip, who so spendid! ly began it all.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles Hall on May 9, 2012
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At 514 pages, this book (hardcover version) sat on my shelf for some years before I felt up to tackling it. I've read many books about the Wright brothers, and others about this period of aviation history, but never a book on Curtiss. This book turns out to be a real gem. Despite it's length I never felt bogged down. Curtiss's life is fascinating and Roseberry tells the tale brilliantly.

I also learned a great deal about his contemporaries that I had not known before. Anyone who has read much about the Wrights has heard of Augustus Herring (scoundrel) and Charles Manly (Langley's pilot). Did you know that these two figure prominently in Curtiss's life as well? And how Henry Ford offered to help him in his endless legal battle with the Wrights? It seems Ford had his own legal battle over the idea of the automobile (Selden patent), very much like the battle Curtiss had with Wright.

You'll also learn a lot you didn't know about Alexander Graham Bell. He thought that multi-cell kites would be the future of aviation, but here you'll learn he not only nurtured several successful young aviators (including Curtiss, Thomas Selfridge, etc.) but also made some critical suggestions along the way. It was Bell who suggested that the control surfaces we now associate with the tail of a plane be put at the BACK, not in front!

The hardback version is a great many pictures, including one child's snapshot of a plane crash at the moment it hit some spectators... chilling.

A great book and required reading if you're into early aviation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Merethe on March 4, 2014
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My husband like this book a lot he thought it was very detail he build a Curtis Pusher himself a few years ago and it is in a museum so he knows the airplane very well.
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This book holds your interest from the very first page to the very last page. It is the best biography of Curtiss that I have read and is head and shoulders above the biography written many years ago by Hatch. It is well researched and written in a style that is lively and holds your interest. It also contains many historical photographs that add to the book. Curtiss himself was a fascinating man and not as well known by people as he should be. I recommend that anybody with an interest in aviation and/or history should read this book.
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