The Wright Brothers by David McCullough; 2015; $30.00; 320 pages; Simon & Schuster, New York, NY; 978-1-4767-2874-2; purchased from the Friends of the Multnomah County Library; 12/18/18-12/27/18
Why did I read this? This is the January selection of the Corner Reading Society which will be meeting at our house next Saturday for dinner, discussion and voting.
Two unassuming and humble brothers who were bicycle manufacturers became the first men to fly in a motorized flying machine and started a revolution in transportation. When they put their minds to something they made it happen, and they did not do it for glory or riches but to accomplish their goal As much as this is the story of two brothers it is also the story of a supportive family, especially Oroville and Wilbur’s father and sister, Katherine. The brothers failed at several attempts but learned from each of those failures and built what they needed to be successful. They even built a miniature wind tunnel to design the best shape for the wings of their plane. This was a most impressive biography in that it was both concise and complete, not veering off on too many tangents, however it provides a good telling of the context of the times and circumstances surrounding the Wright Brothers.
What is with the title of the review? It has only been 116 years since the Wright Brothers made their first flight and in that time humans have flown around the world, accomplished all kinds of records, (unfortunately) militarized the airship, and even flown to the moon.