Saturday, February 27, 2016

Review: The Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love David McCullough's writing and the way he brings historical characters to life. The Wright Brothers follows the lives of Wilbur and Orville Wright from the time they were youngsters, through their deaths. McCullough details the hard work of both men to learn about the mechanics and physics of flying, their determination to build a flying machine, and their many trials and tribulations to get the machine off the ground and in the air of its own accord. From their early days at Kitty Hawk through their triumphant demonstrations in France, the reader will see the gumption and tenacity these men had. They also had a wonderful support system in their family and close friends, that kept them going when they faced adversity.

This is far from a boring history story. You may think you know the story of the first flight, but you likely have never had a chance to "meet" these men. McCullough's story is less on the technical aspects of flying and more on the character of the men, their father, and their sister; detailing the exhaustive work they took on to build and rebuild, test and retest their flying machines.

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