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To Conquer the Air : Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight (03 Edition)by James Tobin
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James Tobin, award-winning author of andlt;iandgt;Ernie Pyle's Warandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;The Man He Becameandlt;/Iandgt;, has penned the definitive account of the inspiring and impassioned race between the Wright brothers and their primary rival Samuel Langley across ten years and two continents to conquer the air.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;For years, Wilbur Wright and his younger brother, Orville, experimented in obscurity, supported only by their exceptional family. Meanwhile, the world watched as Samuel Langley, armed with a contract from the US War Department and all the resources of the Smithsonian Institution, sought to create the first manned flying machine. But while Langley saw flight as a problem of power, the Wrights saw a problem of balance. Thus their machines took two very different pathsand#8212;Langleyand#8217;s toward oblivion, the Wrightsand#8217; toward the heavensand#8212;though not before facing countless other obstacles. With a historianand#8217;s accuracy and a novelistand#8217;s eye, Tobin has captured an extraordinary moment in history. andlt;Iandgt;To Conquer the Airandlt;/Iandgt; is itself a heroic achievement.
Lauded as "a magnificent book about magnificent men" by "BookPage," this definitive work on the Wright brothers and their quest for flight also delves into their competitors, technological obstacles and personal challenges.
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Ron Powersandlt;BRandgt;Co-author of andlt;Iandgt;Flags of Our Fathers andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;What The Metaphysical Club was to the development of philosophic thought in America, this beautiful book is to the development of man in flight. Far more than a mere account of the Wright brothers' triumph, andlt;Iandgt;To Conquer the Airandlt;/Iandgt; is a yeasty, richly drawn evocation of an era and of the strange, visionary, obsessed, and difficult men who battled one another to claim it in their name.
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