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Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age Hardcover – May 1, 2003
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This is the latest book marking the hundredth anniversary of the Wright brothers' epic flight at Kitty Hawk. Crouch and Jakab, curators at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, trace the brothers' lives from their early years in Dayton, Ohio, and the events leading up to the invention of the airplane. The authors describe how the two men spent five years of work on a flying machine before the first flight; their relationship to Octave Chanute, "the grand old man of aeronautics"; their problems in obtaining an engine that met their weight limitation; and the flight itself. "At every critical juncture in the Wrights' journey to practical flight, these innate skills and approaches to invention are readily apparent," the authors write. "As we follow the brothers' remaining steps toward final success, it will become clear that Wilbur and Orville were far more than fine mechanics who managed to coax a flying machine into the air." With 100 archival photographs, this work offers the most comprehensive portrait of these ingenious brothers yet written. George Cohen
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This book is the perfect combination of (factual) storytelling with pictures of the actual people and events; told in a compelling way that brings out the humanity, science and history. There is so much 'inside' information about the Wright brothers' lives, families, scientific methodologies, struggles and victories.
I would highly recommend this book. I could not put it down. The magic of this story is that the Wright brothers were avid amateur photographers who liked to visually record everything they did with their invention. So when you combine fantastic writing with amazing photos, it transports you back in time. It's more like watching a great Ken Burns documentary, than reading a book.
Kudos to the authors for creating a book that is the perfect balance of facts, observations, firsthand accounts, and pictures. The book is a large format (for the pictures) and about 240 pages. However, on a 100 of those large pages is ALL text. So if it had no pictures, it would be a soft back book of about 150 - 175 pages. So there is plenty to read, and experience.
Enjoy, it's well worth the investment!