The Wright Brothers by David McCullough audiobook
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The Wright Brothers

By David McCullough
Read by David McCullough

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781476728742

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781508253099

  • ISBN: 9781508253099

Runtime: 10.04 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A New York Times Best Book of 2015

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

A New York Times bestseller

A Wall Street Journal bestseller

A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for History

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for May 2015

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Boston Globe Pick of Books to Read This Summer

A BookPage Top Pick in Biographies for May 2015

The #1 New York Times bestseller from David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize—the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly—Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two brothers—bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio—changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe that the age of flight had begun, with the first powered machine carrying a pilot.

Orville and Wilbur Wright were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity. When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education and little money never stopped them in their mission to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off, they risked being killed.

In this “enjoyable, fast-paced tale” (The Economist), master historian David McCullough “shows as never before how two Ohio boys from a remarkable family taught the world to fly” (The Washington Post) and “captures the marvel of what the Wrights accomplished” (The Wall Street Journal). He draws on the extensive Wright family papers to profile not only the brothers but their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them. Essential reading, this is “a story of timeless importance, told with uncommon empathy and fluency…about what might be the most astonishing feat mankind has ever accomplished…The Wright Brothers soars” (The New York Times Book Review).

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[An] enjoyable, fast-paced tale…A fun, fast ride.” Economist
“Another work of blue-chip history from this exalted source.” New York Times
“A story of timeless importance, told with uncommon empathy and fluency…A story, well told, about what might be the most astonishing feat mankind has ever accomplished…The Wright Brothers soars.” New York Times Book Review
“McCullough…brings his deft touch with language and his eye for humanizing details to the unusually close relationship between a pair of brothers from Dayton, Ohio, who changed aviation history…Like other great biographies before it, The Wright Brothers tells the story about the individuals behind the great moments in history, while never sacrificing beauty in language and reverence in tone.” Amazon.com
“Does more than chronicle their painstaking, game-changing breakthrough…It reveals what truly remarkable men they were: their unparalleled work ethic, their dogged persistence, their unwavering modesty.” Associated Press
“Draws on Wright family archives to tell the story of this remarkable duo, whose first solo flight in 1903 marked a turning point for science, travel and warfare. McCullough brings special insight to the dynamics of the Wright family, including Orville and Wilbur’s outgoing sister Katharine, who tirelessly supported the brothers in their work.” BookPage
“McCullough effectively blends impeccable writing with historical rigor and strong character definition in his biography…Highlights of McCullough’s narrative include his discussions of the Wrights’ innovative conception of wing-warping as a means of flight control…Highly recommended.” Library Journal (starred review)
“An outstanding saga of the lives of two men who left such a giant footprint on our modern age.” Booklist (starred review)
“McCullough’s usual warm, evocative prose makes for an absorbing narrative; he conveys both the drama of the birth of flight and the homespun genius of America’s golden age of innovation.” Publishers Weekly
“A charmingly pared-down life of the ‘boys’ that grounds their dream of flight in decent character and work ethic…McCullough highlights the intellectual stimulation that fed these bookish, creative, close-knit siblings…An educational and inspiring biography of seminal American innovators.” Kirkus Reviews
“A stellar production on every count and a supremely satisfying listening experience. McCullough’s calm, avuncular voice, familiar to millions from his PBS productions, is for many of us the voice of history itself. In the Wrights he sees exemplified the values of courage, character, and perseverance, which he has honored in book after book, never with such unqualified admiration as here. McCullough concentrates on the first decade of the 1900s—the Wrights’ years of labor and invention and a period of unparalleled public excitement their first flights inspired in Europe and America. The text is concise, rich in telling and illuminating detail. You feel you’re not just listening but seeing the story unfold before your eyes. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: David McCullough

Author Bio: David McCullough

David McCullough, acclaimed historian and New York Times bestselling author, has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. His other acclaimed books are 1776, Brave Companions, The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Greater Journey, and The Wright Brothers. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.04
Audience: Adult
Language: English