This is the fascinating story of the dream of a completely new aircraft, a hybrid of the plane and the rigid airship - huge, wingless, moving slowly through the lower sky. John McPhee chronicles the perhaps unfathomable perseverance of the aircraft's sucessive progenitors
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|Product dimensions:||5.77(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.46(d)|
About the Author
John McPhee was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University. His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1965. Also in 1965, he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are, with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and in the years since, he has written nearly 30 books, including Oranges (1967), Coming into the Country (1977), The Control of Nature (1989), The Founding Fish (2002), Uncommon Carriers (2007), and Silk Parachute (2011). Encounters with the Archdruid (1972) and The Curve of Binding Energy (1974) were nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science. McPhee received the Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters in 1977. In 1999, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Annals of the Former World. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
Hometown:Princeton, New Jersey
Date of Birth:March 8, 1931
Place of Birth:Princeton, New Jersey
Education:A.B., Princeton University, 1953; graduate study at Cambridge University, 1953-54
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The bare essentials of the nuts and bolts of the aircraft. Those few scraps are still interesting. The book is an inadvertent chronical of a project where everyone thought they were involved in an idea with huge potential for profit, ultimately paralizing the project until it died.
The tragedy in Mozambique highlights the importance of re-inventing airships. Designers of modern aircraft are too caught up with speed. A modern airship would be the perfect craft for relief efforts becuase it can move large amounts of food and medical supplies to areas without landing strips.