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A Unique Perspective on Flight,
This review is from: Reach for the Skies: Ballooning, Birdmen and Blasting into Space (Kindle Edition)
Most "The History of Flight" books start at Kittyhawk, so right from the start Sir Richard Branson has an advantage. By starting in Paris in the 18th century, or earlier if you like, on the plains of South America, the reader gets to see what lead up to Kittyhawk.
But this book can't be more than a skimming of the highlights, considering it's covering over 200 years of history in almost as many pages. It's a great introduction into the history of aviation, and a great sales pitch for the Virgin brand. I didn't really mind that, because it should be obvious if it's by Sir Richard Branson, there will be a pitch for his latest projects. And, I think he makes a good argument for private space exploration (and continued government backed deep space exploration).
Anyone who would like to get a grasp on the current state of affairs in space (especially with the USA space shuttle missions ending) can find a concise explanation in the latter half of this book.
Like any good introductory text, I now find myself wanting to find out more about many of the topics quickly covered in this entertainingly written overview.