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The Wright Brothers
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The Wright Brothers


Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot.

Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did?

David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the surprising, profoundly American story of Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success, they were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing. The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but there were books aplenty, supplied mainly by their preacher father, and they never stopped reading.

When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education, little money and no contacts in high places, never stopped them in their mission to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances, they risked being killed.

In this thrilling book, master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers' story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them.

Title:The Wright Brothers
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages
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    The Wright Brothers Reviews

  • Stephanie
    Sep 14, 2016

    4 shooting stars ... wonderful biography of Wilbur and Orville Wright! The Wright Brothers is a detailed and well-researched book on the lives of Orville and Wilbur Wright who are credited with inve...

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    May 10, 2015

    The first photo of flight snapped by a man who was taking his first picture ever. The Wright brothers were very careful to document each stage of their development not only with photography, but also...

  • Elyse
    Mar 09, 2016

    "The Wright Brothers", by David McCullough, is FANTASTIC!!! I was 'hooked' instantly listening to the audiobook! Soooooo Good!!!!!!I was immediately inspired by Wilbur, Orville, and their family value...

  • Diane
    Jan 25, 2015

    This is a gem of a book. McCullough is one of my favorite history writers, and I think The Wright Brothers is one of his best works.Wilbur and Orville Wright make for a fascinating story. Born in Dayt...

  • Angela M
    Mar 31, 2015

    I don't read a lot of non fiction , but I didn't want to pass up the opportunity to read this book which tells the story of how two men changed the future. Having read David McCullough's John Adams, I...

  • Tony
    May 25, 2015

    THE WRIGHT BROTHERS. (2015). David McCullough. ***.Even a writer as fine as McCullough couldn’t bring any excitement to the page in his attempt to chronicle the lives of these two brothers who broug...

  • Michael
    May 28, 2015

    A beguiling tale of how a rather ordinary pair of brothers invented the first successful airplane and thereby changed history. A wonderfully told story with a lavish picture gallery that I think most ...

  • Connie
    Aug 08, 2016

    How did two brothers without any funding or engineering education become pioneers in aviation? David McCullough answers that question in his superb book, "The Wright Brothers". Wilbur and Orville grew...

  • Chrissie
    Apr 21, 2015

    What You Get is Very Good, But I Wanted MoreAnother very good book by David McCullough. I have yet to read a book by this author that doesn't make history fascinating. Aeronautics isn't a topic that d...

  • David
    Nov 18, 2015

    This is an excellent book about the inventors of the airplane. David McCullough is a great admirer of the Wright Brothers. He mentions, over and over again, how passionate and single-minded they were....