The Wright Brothers: The Dramatic Story-Behind-the-Story Hardcover – 7 May 2015
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About the Author
David McCullough 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, and The Greater Journey. 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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Two things surprised me, though. One was the anti-semitism that their sister expressed when hearing of Hart Berg, the reprentative of Flint and Company, who would eventually reprensent them, and two, was their fates in the end. Somehow both these elements seemed out of character. The Wright Brothers, themselves, were peculiar, however. It seems neither ever had as much as a girlfriend, at least from the story McCullough tells, and one has to wonder why that was. They lived at home their entire lives, along with their sister, who likewise seems to have avoided the opposite sex for most of her life. McCullough doesn't dwell on this, but it does seem a bit strange. But I suppose genius is often found in madness.
But it's a truly fascinating, incredibly American tale, and well worth a read.
I enjoyed it so very much, it is written with affection and respect appropriate for the Wright Brothers themselves.
The Wright brothers were totally amazing people.
There are many lessons here that urgently need to be remembered about authenticity of endeavor and honesty of character leading to success.
How they were treated by the US establishment is sad.