The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

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The Wright Brothers Read Online Free - 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.

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ISBN : 1476728747
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Jeffrey rated it ★★★★☆

May 16, 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 with journals. ”The best dividends on the labor invested have invariably come from seeking more k...

Elyse rated it ★★★★★

March 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 values. Their dad was a Bishop. There mother may have been shy but was a gifted 'fix-it' woman. There...

Diane rated it ★★★★★

July 01, 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 Dayton, Ohio, the brothers were so clever and mechanically gifted that it seemed they could fix or cr...

Tony rated it ★★★☆☆

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 brought the science of aviation to its ultimate realization. These were two boring guys. They were dedic...

Angela M rated it ★★★★☆

May 12, 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 knew that I would get an education at the very least . Two of the chapter titles so aptly reflect...

Michael rated it ★★★★★

September 13, 2016

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...

Connie rated it ★★★★★

August 15, 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 up in a family that loved learning. They were also very intelligent, focused, persistent, and ha...

Chrissie rated it ★★★★☆

May 15, 2015

What You Get is Very Good, But I Wanted More Another 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 wi...

Jill rated it ★★★★☆

February 09, 2018

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...

David rated it ★★★★☆

November 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. They focused on their purpose; to develop the science of aeronautics to the point where flight w...

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