Wednesday, April 1, 2015

"Waiting On" Wednesday: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Though I am scared of flying, I have long been fascinated by the work of the Wright Brothers. When we visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina, we stay about a mile away from the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. It has been years since I've visited the memorial, but there have been visible changes since then. I look forward to our annual trip in July. I am hoping I can convince my family into checking out the WBNM, since my girls have never been there.




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.

What are you "waiting on" this week?

3 comments:

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I do love books that take us behind the scenes of famous true-life events.

Sounds enticing!

And I am a bit afraid of flying, too...LOL

Here's mine: “THE THIRD WIFE”

Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

That's a totally new to me read! Doesn't sound like my cup of tea, but I hope that you thoroughly enjoy it once you read it!

Here's my WoW

Have a GREAT day!

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Stina @ Once Untold said...

I hope you enjoy the book!

My WoW: http://onceuntold.blogspot.com/2015/04/waiting-on-wednesday-hard-to-be-good.html