on 15 June 1998
I've wanted to read Tom Crouch's book, The Bishop's Boys, ever since I visted Kitty Hawk, North Carolina for the first time while on vacation. I found the title intriguing. Even more intriguing was the idea that two parsonage children with little or no formal education beyond high school were responsible for the "world's first power-driven, heavier-than-air machine in which man made free, controlled, and sustained flight."
Mr. Crouch tells the tale in a way that does justice to both the men and the machine. By this I mean that neither overshadows the other. One comes to the end of the book convinced that the fates of both the men and the machine were inextricably intertwined. How this came to be is a story of wonder, some sadness, humor, and amazing human achievement.
on 18 October 1999
A truly unputdownable telling of one of the greatest events in history that, perhaps for the first time, gives a real sense of the men themselves within their historical and social context. A touching and celebratory book that will please both the experts and the ordinary folk who have managed to retain their sense of wonder about our world.