Synopses & Reviews
Brilliant, self-trained engineers, the Wright brothers had a unique blend of native talent, character, and family experience that perfectly suited them to the task of invention but left them ill-prepared to face a world of skeptics, rivals, and officials. Using a treasure trove of Wright family correspondence and diaries, Tom Crouch skillfully weaves the story of the airplane's invention into the drama of a unique and unforgettable family. He shows us exactly how and why these two obscure bachelors from Dayton, Ohio, were able to succeed where so many better-trained, better-financed rivals had failed.
A pleasure...turns the magnifying lens on the clan and cultural roots of two unusual individuals.... [Crouch] movinglyeven beautifullyunfolds their story. (Washington Post Book World)
The reissue of this definitive biography heralds the one-hundredth anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight.
About the Author
Tom Crouch lives in Fairfax, Virginia, and is senior curator of the aeronautics department at the National Air & Space Museum. He received a Christopher Award for this volume.