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First to fly : the unlikely triumph of Wilbur and Orville Wright

Author: James Tobin
Publisher: London : John Murray, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The story of how the brilliant and determined Wilbur Wright and his brother Orville beat often unscrupulous rivals to become the first to fly. James Tobin recounts a time when flight seemed crazy and tantalizing and describes the Wrights' twisting path of trial, error and breakthrough.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Wilbur Wright; Orville Wright; Orville Wright; Wilbur Wright
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Tobin
ISBN: 0719557275 9780719557279
OCLC Number: 51738350
Description: vi, 430 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue : Decoration Day, 1899 --
"The edge of wonder" --
"A slight possibility" --
"Some practical experiments" --
"Truth and error intimately mixed" --
"The possibility of exactness" --
"A thousand glides" --
"Our turn to throw" --
"What hath God wrought?" --
"The clean air of the heavens" --
"A flying machine at anchor" --
"A world of trouble" --
"The light on glory's plume" --
"The greatest courage and achievements."
Responsibility: James Tobin.
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Intense, brilliant and determined, Wilbur and his brother Orville seized the challenge to become first to fly, despite facing keen competition from prominent men who were equally driven to make  Read more...

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'Tobin's extraordinary book puts [the Wright brothers] into humane perspective' -- Brian Morton, Sunday Herald 20030518 'James Tobin's entertaining, well-researched book is a salutary reminder of Read more...

 
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