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Wings of Madness: Alberto Santos-Dumont and the Invention of Flight

Wings of Madness: Alberto Santos-Dumont and the Invention of Flight

by Paul Hoffman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786885718

ISBN-13: 2900786885717

Pub. Date: 06/16/2004

Publisher: Hachette Books

From the acclaimed author Paul Hoffman comes the engaging true story of Alberto Santos-Dumont's extraordinary life and the thrilling days of early flight.

Santos-Dumont grew up on a remote coffee plantation in Brazil. Influenced at an early age by Jules Verne and historical accounts of balloon flights, Santos-Dumont set out to create the first practical flying

Overview

From the acclaimed author Paul Hoffman comes the engaging true story of Alberto Santos-Dumont's extraordinary life and the thrilling days of early flight.

Santos-Dumont grew up on a remote coffee plantation in Brazil. Influenced at an early age by Jules Verne and historical accounts of balloon flights, Santos-Dumont set out to create the first practical flying machine.

By the turn of the century, Santos-Dumont had moved to Paris. Soon, the dashing and impeccably dressed aeronaut was barhopping around the city in a one-man dirigible he had invented, circling above crowds and crashing into rooftops. He then built the first airplane in Europe and became an overnight sensation, with the press following his every move. His picture appeared on cigar boxes and dinner plates, and he dined regularly with the Cartiers, the Rothschilds, and the Roosevelts, hosting "aerial dinners" in which his guests ate at an elevated table so they could imagine how it felt to be above the world.

But all would change after Santos-Dumont witnessed the destructive capacity of flying machines in World War I.

This is the riveting story of a tormented visionary who helped usher in the modern age of technology but was ultimately driven mad by the weight of his own creation. Wings of Madness is a book that is elegant, fascinating, and deeply moving.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900786885717
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
06/16/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384

Table of Contents

Prologue: Dinner on the Ceiling Champs-Elysees, 19031
1Arrival Minas Gerais, 18739
2"A Most Dangerous Place for a Boy" Paris, 189126
3First Flight Vaugirard, 189740
4Dying for Science Paris, 189969
5The Turkey Buzzard's Secret90
6An Afternoon in the Rothschilds' Chestnut Tree Paris, 1901102
7"It Is the Poor Who Will Suffer!" The Eiffel Tower, 1901127
8"Making Armies a Jest"150
9An Unwelcome Dip in the Mediterranean Bay of Monaco, 1902161
10"Airship Is Useless, Says Lord Kelvin" London and New York, 1902178
11The World's First Aerial Car Paris, 1903207
12A Scurrilous Stabbing and a Russian Bribe St. Louis, 1904234
13"Aeroplane Raised by Small Motor, M. Santos-Dumont Performs a Feat Never Before Attained in Europe" Paris, 1906251
14"A War of Engineers and Chemists"278
15"Cavalry of the Clouds"292
16Departure Guaruja, 1932301
Postmortem: In Search of a Heart Campo dos Afonsos, 2000312
Origins and Acknowledgments317
Notes323
What Santos-Dumont Wrote349
What Santos-Dumont Read351
What Santos-Dumont Made353
Index359

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