Engaging story, long considered the definitive Wright biography. Well-documented account, free of extraneous technical detail, describes boyhood interests, gliding at Kitty Hawk, their first powered flights and Wilbur's efforts to revolutionize European aviation.
|Publisher:||Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||4.72(w) x 7.09(h) x (d)|
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This, now 70 + year old, biography of the Wright brothers is valuable because the author, newspaperman Fred Kelly, was a friend who covered the brothers for years, and was even instrumental in ending the quarrel between Orville and the Smithsonian. As a result, this work is Orville making his case to posterity, through a friend. It is written in the style of the journalism of the time period, but because it is the only authorized biography of the brothers, it brings a freshness and closeness that other books, like the recent David McCollough book, do not. Because Wilbur died at a relatively young age, and this book was written towards the end of Orville's life, it does tend to focus a bit more on Orville. But the great value of this book is the vivid, almost first hand accounts of the brothers early years, and later their fight for recognition of their flight achievements.