The Bishop's Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright

The Bishop's Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright

by Tom D. Crouch

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The reissue of this definitive biography heralds the one-hundredth anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight.

Brilliant, self-trained engineers, the Wright brothers had a unique blend of native talent, character, and family experience that perfectly suited them to the task of invention but left them ill-prepared to face a world of skeptics, rivals, and officials. Using a treasure trove of Wright family correspondence and diaries, Tom Crouch skillfully weaves the story of the airplane's invention into the drama of a unique and unforgettable family. He shows us exactly how and why these two obscure bachelors from Dayton, Ohio, were able to succeed where so many better-trained, better-financed rivals had failed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393347463
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/08/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 993,216
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Tom D. Crouch, author of The Bishop's Boys and A Dream of Wings, is senior curator of the aeronautics division at the National Air&Space Museum. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia.

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Bishop's Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Miro on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this flawless biography of the Wright brothers, Tom Crouch (chairman of the department of aeronautics at the National Air & Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution) explains the background, personal and technical factors behind the first successful powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on the 17th December 1903.The original aircraft is in the Smithsonian and says on the label, "By original scientific research, the Wright brothers discovered the principles of human flight as inventors, builders, and fliers they further developed the aeroplane, taught man to fly, and opened the era of aviation." Crouch looks at each of these elements but goes further in showing their persistence, strong family ties and complete integrity. I had the feeling that if any of these pieces was missing it would never have happened. Altogether a great book.As a very minor point, it would have been useful to have diagrams to help follow the more technical aspects of the design changes.
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