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Race to the Sky: The Wright Brothers Versus the United States Government
     

Race to the Sky: The Wright Brothers Versus the United States Government

by Stephen B. Goddard
 

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In their struggle to fly, the Wright brothers were engaged in strife with their own government. President McKinley’s administration decided to dedicate an unprecedented amount of money to ensure that the first flyers would be American but the Wrights refused such financial support for fear of the strings attached, and resolved to go it alone.
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In their struggle to fly, the Wright brothers were engaged in strife with their own government. President McKinley’s administration decided to dedicate an unprecedented amount of money to ensure that the first flyers would be American but the Wrights refused such financial support for fear of the strings attached, and resolved to go it alone.
This book tells the story of the raw ambition, high ideals, greed, and cloak and dagger tactics of each side. By 1903, the Federal venture was in its seventh year and the Wright brothers had been working nights and weekends, often in secret for four years. Everything came to a head in eight tense days in December when the battle—and the fame and fortune that would follow—was decided.

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“contends that the Wright brothers became involved in a race with federal entities to build the first practical airplane...nicely written”—Choice; “very interesting book...this history is fascinating...recommended”—Catholic Library World; “numerous photos”—College & Research Libraries.
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contends that the Wright brothers became involved in a race with federal entities to build the first practical airplane...nicely written
Catholic Library World
very interesting book...this history is fascinating...recommended
College & Research Libraries
"numerous photos"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786443321
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/17/2009
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen B. Goddard practices law and teaches history and public policy at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. The author of three books, he also writes for HistoryWire.com.

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