Wright Brothers, Wrong Story: How Wilbur Wright Solved the Problem of Manned Flight

Wright Brothers, Wrong Story: How Wilbur Wright Solved the Problem of Manned Flight

by William Hazelgrove


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ISBN-13: 9781633884588
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 97,843
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.20(d)

About the Author

William Hazelgrove is a best-selling author whose books include Shots Fired in Terminal 2; Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson; Forging a President: How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt; and Al Capone and the 1933 World's Fair. His books have hit the National Bestseller List, received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and have been included in Book of the Month Selections, Literary Guild Selections, Junior Library Guild Selections, and ALA Editor's Choice Awards. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today and other publications. He has been the subject of interviews in NPR's All Things Considered along with features in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Richmond Times Dispatch, USA Today, People, Channel 11, NBC, WBEZ, and WGN. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence and runs a political cultural blog, The View from Hemingway's Attic.

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Table of Contents

Preface: The Wright Myth 9

Part 1 Preflight 21

1 The Biographer-1942 23

2 The Letter-1948 28

3 The Murderer-1884 32

4 Steam Bugs-1896 42

5 Typhoid-1896 51

6 Inventors-1900 62

7 School of One-1900 67

Part 2 Flight 77

8 The Pilgrim-1900 79

9 The Wright Sister-1900 94

10 Kill Devil Hills-October 18, 1900 100

11 The Mentor-1901 107

12 Dangerous Times-1901 113

13 Return to Kitty Hawk-1901 120

14 Wilbur Unleashed-1901 131

15 Tunnel Vision-1901 138

16 The Smithsonian-1902 143

17 The Movable Rudder-1902 146

18 United States Patent Office-1903 151

19 The Western Society of Engineers-1903 154

20 The Great Embarrassment-1903 160

21 Great Things-September 23, 1903 165

22 The Photograph-December 17, 1903 175

Part 3 Landings 183

23 Fliers or Liars-1906 185

24 Death in the Sky-September 17, 1908 196

25 Return to Eden-1908 201

26 The Injunction-1910 203

27 Warped by the Desire for Great Wealth-1911 208

28 Final Flight-1912 215

29 The Great Flood-1914 220

30 To Fly Again-1914 223

31 Hammondsport, New York-1914 226

32 Middle of the Atlantic Ocean-1928 232

33 A Test of Wills-1930 235

34 The Lone Eagle- 1934 239

35 The Battle of Britain-1940 244

36 The Authorized Biography-1943 246

37 Washington, DC-1943 249

38 Mabel Beck-1948 251

39 Wright Brothers, Wrong Story 254

Epilogue 261

Acknowledgments 265

Notes 267

Bibliography 293

Index 299

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Anonymous 7 months ago
None of the Wright brothers flew a plane before 1908 If you do not believe me, read this free collection of letters and articles: "A. I. Root, the liar number four after the Wright Brothers and their mentor, Octave Chanute". The story about the more than 160 flights performed by the Wright brothers between December 17, 1903, and August 7, 1908, rely just on one witness, Amos I. Root from Medina Ohio, the only one quoted by Orville Wright as independent and disinterested. Root claimed in an article which appeared in January 1905 that he had seen Wilbur Wright flying in a circuit on September 20, 1904. However, if you read his letters to the Wrights plus the numerous articles in which this man from Medina mentioned the two aeroplanists (all these texts are attached to the above mentioned book), you remark that Root did not see any powered flight on September 20, 1904. He was just a victim of the lies spread by the two Daytonians and, at the same time, of his own obsession with heavier than air flying machines. A. I. Root was also a person who wished to get a (fraudulent) place in the history of aviation believing that the effort of reminding repeatedly his readers, he had witnessed the first circular flight ever performed by a man carrying plane, would make his account more credible and finally his story would become an accepted truth. Mr. Hazelgrove is not well documented. It is a known fact that Wilbur Wright was the brain behind brother's 1900-1903 gliders and 1908 plane but he also was the brain of a huge hoax. There is absolutely no trace of any Wright plane before 1908. No picture, technical drawing or detailed description of those 1903-1905 powered flying machine was published before August 8, 1908. Aviation appeared in 1906 without the help of the Wrights.
lovestoread17 9 months ago
If you are a fan of Mr Hazelgrove as I am you will realize that from some of his former books like"and the "Al Capone in the 1933Worl's fair " you will always learn something new. Many people were under the assumption that Orville was the one who designed the first successful airplane when in fact it was Wilbur. Wilbur was four years older then his brother but many did not realize the age difference as they worked together from an early age. Many obstacles such as serious illness and depression played a huge part in the brother's lives. Wilbur was kind of possessed with testing out and flying. When he found Kitty Hawk located on North Carolina's outer banks that were where he did all his research. After many unsuccessful attempts, he achieved a liftoff on December 17, 1903. This book is very detailed and different than other books on the subject. Be prepared to go on a magical journey thru the lives of these two amazing brothers.