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In his award-winning The Age of Wonder, Richard Holmes thrilled us with an evocation of the Romantic era's romance with science. Now his new book takes us metaphorically into the sky, propelling us on a thrilling, eye-opening jaunt through the history of hot-air ballooning. Falling Upwards is nothing like a static, tethered look from upstairs; instead, it guides through revolutionary high-altitude ascents that take us into the history of invention, science, photography, exploration, and even literature and warfare. The perfect takeoff for the Fall season.