James Tobin, award-winning author of Ernie Pyle's War and The Man He Became, has penned the definitive account of the inspiring and impassioned race between the Wright brothers and their primary rival Samuel Langley across ten years and two continents to conquer the air.For years, Wilbur Wright and his younger brother, Orville, experimented in obscurity, supported only by their exceptional family....
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Free Press; Reprint edition (May 3, 2004)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
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I'm a pilot and flight instructor; I love airplanes and flying -- so it's odd I never read a book about the Wrights before this. An unplanned stop at Kitty Hawke inspired me to look for a recent book on them and this was my choice. This is a very tho...
the world watched as Samuel Langley, armed with a contract from the US War Department and all the resources of the Smithsonian Institution, sought to create the first manned flying machine. But while Langley saw flight as a problem of power, the Wrights saw a problem of balance. Thus their machines took two very different paths—Langley’s toward oblivion, the Wrights’ toward the heavens—though not before facing countless other obstacles. With a historian’s accuracy and a novelist’s eye, Tobin has captured an extraordinary moment in history. To Conquer the Air is itself a heroic achievement.