The Wright Brothers

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

  • Title: The Wright Brothers
  • Author: David McCullough
  • ISBN: 9781476728742
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 ofTwo 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 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 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 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.

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    1. David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback His other widely praised books are 1776, Brave Companions, The Great Bridge, and The Johnstown Flood He has been honored with the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the National Humanities Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    2. 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 with journals.”The best dividends on the labor invested have invariably come from seeking more knowledge rather than more power.” Wilbur and Orville WrightThey were brothers.As close as two peas in a pod and you could make it three with Katharine, the little sister who also at times provided the [...]

    3. "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 values. Their dad was a Bishop. There mother may have been shy but was a gifted 'fix-it' woman. There wasn't anything around the house that broke, that she couldn't fix. Wilbur and Orville credit their mother for their engineering talents. Don't you love it that these terrific guys credit their 'mother' [...]

    4. 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 Dayton, Ohio, the brothers were so clever and mechanically gifted that it seemed they could fix or create anything. They became interested in human flight at a young age after playing with a toy helicopter, made from just a stick and some rubber bands. The guys read everything they could about flight an [...]

    5. 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 brought the science of aviation to its ultimate realization. These were two boring guys. They were dedicated to their goal, and followed the precepts of their father to the word while on the way there. You can’t belittle their achievement, but following their steps to reach it soon becomes boring. Ther [...]

    6. 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 knew that I would get an education at the very least .Two of the chapter titles so aptly reflect what Wilbur and Orville Wright were all about - "The Dream Takes Hold" and "Unyielding Resolve". Their ingenuity, perseverance, thirst for understanding of the scientific aspects of a flying machine was [...]

    7. 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 readers could appreciate. It leaves you with the illusion that if you have enough persistence you might achieve personal ambitions of your own that could prove important. Yet they have some combination of the “right stuff” at the right time and the right place that appears to be quite special an [...]

    8. 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 up in a family that loved learning. They were also very intelligent, focused, persistent, and hard working. The brothers owned a bicycle shop, possessed exceptional mechanical ability, and designed their own bicycles. They were interested in flight, and gazed at birds for hours to study how wings w [...]

    9. 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 draws me, but McCullough had me thinking about the miracle of flying. He had me observing birds with a different eye.This is a relatively short book. That covered is that which a "normal reader" will want to know. There isn't a whole lot about the Wright Brothers' childhood, neither the patent lawsui [...]

    10. I hate to admit it but I never knew much about the Wright brothers beyond the basic story of their invention of the "flying machine". Now that I have finished this well done biography by one of my favorite historians, it appears that there wasn't much to know about them in the first place. Their whole lives were dedicated to the premise that man could fly and that they were going to find the secret. They had very few friends, no lady friends, no hobbies, were secretive, shy, and as close as iden [...]

    11. 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. They focused on their purpose; to develop the science of aeronautics to the point where flight would become possible. They worked very very hard, all day long, under less-than-optimal conditions. I did not realize that for a few years they flew only gliders at Kitty Hawk, before attempting to use a [...]

    12. "On July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong, another American born and raised in Southwestern Ohio, stepped onto the moon, he carried with him, in tribute to the Wright Brothers, a small swatch of the muslin from a wing of their 1903 Flyer."This was a very thorough bio of Orville and Wilbur, read by the author, the incomparable David McCullough. Their story is already well known if you studied them at all in school, but McCullough was able to add some dimension to the brothers and to their family mem [...]

    13. He’s still got it. David McCullough, a favorite for many of us, weaves another powerful tale. I’ll confess in my looking forward to his next book that I was disappointed when I saw the press clippings for it some months ago. I wanted another John Adams or 1776. I don’t feel that way after actually reading the book. In the hands of this master writer, we learn both how important and interesting were Wilbur and Orville and how revolutionary flying was when they brought it about. I don’t be [...]

    14. In my opinion Mr. McCullough has once again delivered a solidly researched and very readable look at an important figure, or in this case figures, in US history. In his look at the Wright Brothers, the author basically focuses on the 15 years between 1895 and 1910. These are the years of the brothers developed an interest in flight, proved their concepts, and then concluded a very successful tour of Europe, demonstrating their mastery of the air.In telling their story, Mr. McCullough also looks [...]

    15. Wilbur and Orville Wright are often characterized as bicycle mechanics who managed to launch the first piloted aircraft and fly it for a few hundred feet at Kitty Hawk. As McCullough documents, the Wright brothers were first class scientists and engineers who accomplished a feat which was believed to be impossible.David McCullough, who authored on of the great engineering works of all time The Brooklyn Bridge, carefully documents the life and works of the two brothers from Dayton. He credits tho [...]

    16. Amazing story of Orville and Wilbur Wright's intrepid efforts to create human flight. Their creativity, ingenuity, perseverance, and thirst for knowledge and understanding was truly remarkable, starting with a letter to the Smithsonian asking for references and their intense study of birds.McCullough's research is impeccable, from their bicycle designs to their efforts to find the ideal location for testing (desolate, windy Kitty Hawk), following their triumphs and setbacks, having to find suppo [...]

    17. Some wonderful details and great writing about the birth of flight. The ending came a bit abruptly, but I think that's because I wanted more.

    18. David McCullough can always be counted on to turn history into an interesting story. This book brings the Wright family dynamics and personalities to life. The brothers really did work hard on their project. One of the things they learned after finding that their glider's flight was unstable is that all existing literature of the time about wing design was little more than guess work. The Wright brother designed their own wind tunnel and tried out numerous configurations before they came up with [...]

    19. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I don't have a particular interest in aeronautics so am hazy on any details of the subject.I found the Wright brothers to be a delightful duo and their family to be solid and interesting. The brothers had an unconventional upbringing in that they were allowed to follow their interests and encouraged in their endeavours. They were such a solid, down-to-earth family as well. It was really nice to read about a family that supported each other.The brothers were genius [...]

    20. Curling up with a David McCullough book is like climbing into your grandfather's lap in his favorite armchair and whispering, "Tell me a story" It's both comfortable and exciting, familiar and spellbinding.McCullough breathes such humanity into this history of Wilbur and Orville Wright, their family, friends, colleagues and adversaries, that I cheered, shouted, laughed, cried and soared right along with the famed aviators. Told with a passion and skill that far exceeds most fiction writers, McCu [...]

    21. "Years later, a friend told Orville that he and his brother would always stand as an example of how far Americans with no special advantages could advance in the world. 'But it isn't true' Orville responded emphatically, 'to say we had no special advantages . the greatest thing in our favor was growing up in a family where there was always much encouragement to intellectual curiosity.'"Growing up, aviation was pretty much everywhere I looked. My father was a pilot, my mother had been an Airline [...]

    22. All-in-all, David McCullough did a great job of writing a very readable 262 page book. At times the author presents some fairly technical details but he does so in a manner that can be appreciated by all.The focus of McCullough’s book is the development of the airplane between the years 1900 and 1909 by the Wright brothers. Year after year, the brothers returned to Kitty Hawk to perfect the wings by gliding. In a stiff wind, the brothers would fly the plane like a kite. In their time off they [...]

    23. I thought this book was great. If there is one key takeaway, it's that the Wright Brothers put the modern definition of "dog fooding" ones own product to shame. It's one thing to have fun playing with your own iOS app. Another thing to strap yourself into some crazy kite-shaped contraption, attach a home made motor, turn on the propeller you just invented, and fling yourself 20 stories in the air, hoping to land.Also full of interesting anecdotes about their lives, the painful and rewarding proc [...]

    24. McCullough offers up and wonderful, though brief, biographical piece on the Wright Brothers, whose ideas and curiosities exemplify how boundless determination can literally turn the world on its head. While McCullough has stretched the traditional definition of biography with some of his past work, another unique approach is used in creating a single narrative for both brothers. As the reader will see, McCullough is not off base in doing things from this perspective, as Wilbur and Orville Wright [...]

    25. I haven't read nearly enough of David McCullough's books. This is my second and I loved it.The story of the Wright Brothers is as fascinating as it is incredible. From this book I learned that they were hard working men and SO determined. Never did they give up-despite the failure of numerous tests. Neither did they ever become anyone's pawn-they refused many offers of financial backing. Even though there were times when I'm sure they could have used it, they preferred to remain independent. The [...]

    26. A quintessential American story told by the master of historical narrative. We are carried along with Wilbur and Orville as they ply the skies in their magnificent flying machine. We can feel the excitement and astonishment of the crowds as they watch. We witness the years of planning, preparation and hard work that led to their success. The ingenuity, zeal, vision, determination and attention to detail exhibited by this pair are amazing and just a few of the accolades that could be used. An ins [...]

    27. McCullough is a master story in my book 2nd only to DKG. Learned much of wright family in this captivating read.

    28. “The best dividends on the labor invested have invariably come from seeking more knowledge rather than more power.” Signed Wilbur and Orville Wright, March 12, 1906.” This is one of my favorite quotes from the Wright brothers captivating story that epitomizes how instilling a thirst for knowledge and self reliance leads to an eminence that transcends what can come from a college degree or formal training. McCullough tells a fascinating story not only focusing on historical events, but on t [...]

    29. Review to come . . . And here it is:"Do not wait for the boy to grow up before you begin to treat him as an equal. A proper amount of confidence, and words of encouragement and advice . . . give him to understand that you trust him in many ways, helps to make a man of him long before he is a man in either stature or years . . . " Architect and Building News "Encourage Your Boy," as quoted in The Wright BrothersDavid McCullough's biography of Orville and Wilbur Wright was a pleasure to read. The [...]

    30. The story of the Wright brothers was well researched and well written. Wilbur and Orville Wright became interested in flight at a young age. Throughout their lives and with the help and support of their family they were consistent and determined to get it right. Can you imagine what it was like to be able to see with your own eyes this "flying machine" to be a part of the crowd watching? Incredible story. The last sentence of the book read "On July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong, another American [...]

    31. Once again McCullough regales the reader with his skillful portrayal of prominent figures (as he did with Truman, John Adams, etc.). His writing is crisp as always and his talent in mixing primary sources seamlessly into the story line never ceases to amaze.He spent quite a deal on the Wright's visits to Europe, of which I knew little, and would have enjoyed more technical specs on their flying invention. But it's still a fun and didactic read.

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