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Falling upwards : how we took to the air

Author: Richard Holmes
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Follows the pioneer generation of balloon aeronauts, the daring and enigmatic men and women who risked their lives to take to the air (or fall into the sky). The author includes accounts of the early Anglo-French balloon rivalries, the crazy firework flights of the beautiful Sophie Blanchard, the long-distance voyages of the American entrepreneur John Wise and French photographer Felix Nadar. The author documents as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Holmes
ISBN: 9780307379665 0307379663
OCLC Number: 827258453
Description: xii, 404 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Voices overhead --
The falling dream --
Fiery prospects --
Airy kingdoms --
Angel's eye --
Wild west wind --
Spies in the sky --
Gigantic voyages --
Vertical explorations --
Mariners of the upper atmosphere --
Paris airborne --
Extreme balloons --
Epilogue --
Classic balloon accounts.
Responsibility: Richard Holmes.

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Follows the pioneer generation of balloon aeronauts, the daring and enigmatic men and women who risked their lives to take to the air (or fall into the sky). The author includes accounts of the early Anglo-French balloon rivalries, the crazy firework flights of the beautiful Sophie Blanchard, the long-distance voyages of the American entrepreneur John Wise and French photographer Felix Nadar. The author documents as well the balloons used to observe the horrors of modern battle during the Civil War (including a flight taken by George Armstrong Custer); the legendary tale of at least sixty-seven manned balloons that escaped from Paris (the first successful civilian airlift in history) during the Prussian siege of 1870-71; the high-altitude exploits of James Glaisher (who rose seven miles above the earth without oxygen, helping to establish the new science of meteorology); and how Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, and Jules Verne felt the imaginative impact of flight and allowed it to soar in their work.

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