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First to Fly : The Unlikely Triumph of Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Tobin, James

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ISBN 10: 0719557275 / ISBN 13: 9780719557279
Published by John Murray., 2003
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Title: First to Fly : The Unlikely Triumph of ...

Publisher: John Murray.

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Book Type: Book

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Intense, brilliant and determined, Wilbur and his brother Orville seized the challenge to become the first to fly, despite facing keen competition from far more prominent men who were equally driven to make history. First came Samuel Langley, head of the Smithsonian Institution, the odds-on favourite to fly first. Under intense public scrutiny, his ponderous aerodrome dropped into the icy Potomac River like a handful of mortar just nine days before the Wrights' unheralded first flight at Kitty Hawk. Yet the Wrights were so obscure they were all but ignored. So for six years they fought for recognition - flying a full circle before the disbelieving French, competing against Alexander Graham Bell, and finally against the motorcyclist Glenn Curtiss, fastest man in the world. In the final showdown with Curtiss in 1909, Wilbur Wright circled Manhattan above a million ecstatic spectators. The brothers' place in history was assured. Using his research in the rich archives of aviation, James Tobin pulls readers back to a time when flight seemed simultaneously crazy and tantalizing, drawing them along the Wrights' twisting path of trial, error and breakthrough. No one, Orville later remarked to Charles Lindbergh, quite understands the spirit of those times.

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James Tobin won prestigious awards in the USA both for his last book, 'Ernie Pyle's War' and for this book as work in prgress. He holds a Ph.D in history and has twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in journalism.

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