[]
[]

Birdmen

The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies
Goldstone, Lawrence (Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Birdmen
 Add a Comment  Add Tags

Print

Item Details

"The feud between this nation's great air pioneers, the Wright brothers and Glenn Curtiss, was a collision of unyielding and profoundly American personalities. On one side, a pair of tenacious siblings who together had solved the centuries-old riddle of powered, heavier-than-air flight. On the other, an audacious motorcycle racer whose innovative aircraft became synonymous in the public mind with death-defying stunts. For more than a decade, they battled each other in court, at air shows, and in the newspapers. The outcome of this contest of wills would shape the course of aviation history--and take a fearsome toll on the men involved. Birdmen sets the engrossing story of the Wrights' war with Curtiss against the thrilling backdrop of the early years of manned flight, and is rich with period detail and larger-than-life personalities: Thomas Scott Baldwin, or "Cap't Tom" as he styled himself, who invented the parachute and almost convinced the world that balloons were the future of aviation; John Moisant, the dapper daredevil who took to the skies after three failed attempts to overthrow the government of El Salvador, then quickly emerged as a celebrity flier; and Harriet Quimby, the statuesque silent-film beauty who became the first woman to fly across the English Channel. And then there is Lincoln Beachey, perhaps the greatest aviator who ever lived, who dazzled crowds with an array of trademark twists and dives--and best embodied the romance with death that fueled so many of aviation's earliest heroes. A dramatic story of unimaginable bravery in the air and brutal competition on the ground, Birdmen is at once a thrill ride through flight's wild early years and a surprising look at the personal clash that fueled America's race to the skies" -- Explores the life-risking rivalry between the Wright Brothers and machinist Glenn Hammond Curtiss, assessing how their patent war shaped early aviation and ultimately cost one of the men his life.
Authors: Goldstone, Lawrence, 1947-
Title: Birdmen
the Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the battle to control the skies
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: xiv, 428 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: Fulcrum
Highway in the sky
Men in the dunes
To Kitty Hawk
Sophomore slump
Gas bag
Where no man had gone before
Patent pioneering
The vagaries of the marketplace
The inexorable progression of knowledge
The first Brazilian aloft
Langley's legacy
Closing fast
Vindication
Orville and Selfridge
The toast of France
Trading punches
Best-laid plans
Bowing to the inevitable
Team sports
Mavericks
Faster, steeper, higher
War birds
Owning the sky
The wages of righteousness
The romance of death
A reluctant steward
A wisp of victory
The grip of the spotlight
The death of innocence.
Summary: "The feud between this nation's great air pioneers, the Wright brothers and Glenn Curtiss, was a collision of unyielding and profoundly American personalities. On one side, a pair of tenacious siblings who together had solved the centuries-old riddle of powered, heavier-than-air flight. On the other, an audacious motorcycle racer whose innovative aircraft became synonymous in the public mind with death-defying stunts. For more than a decade, they battled each other in court, at air shows, and in the newspapers. The outcome of this contest of wills would shape the course of aviation history--and take a fearsome toll on the men involved. Birdmen sets the engrossing story of the Wrights' war with Curtiss against the thrilling backdrop of the early years of manned flight, and is rich with period detail and larger-than-life personalities: Thomas Scott Baldwin, or "Cap't Tom" as he styled himself, who invented the parachute and almost convinced the world that balloons were the future of aviation; John Moisant, the dapper daredevil who took to the skies after three failed attempts to overthrow the government of El Salvador, then quickly emerged as a celebrity flier; and Harriet Quimby, the statuesque silent-film beauty who became the first woman to fly across the English Channel. And then there is Lincoln Beachey, perhaps the greatest aviator who ever lived, who dazzled crowds with an array of trademark twists and dives--and best embodied the romance with death that fueled so many of aviation's earliest heroes. A dramatic story of unimaginable bravery in the air and brutal competition on the ground, Birdmen is at once a thrill ride through flight's wild early years and a surprising look at the personal clash that fueled America's race to the skies" --
Explores the life-risking rivalry between the Wright Brothers and machinist Glenn Hammond Curtiss, assessing how their patent war shaped early aviation and ultimately cost one of the men his life.
Local Note: 1 6 15 17 18 53 97 109 118 133 138 148 149 150 151 152 172 173 182 193 198 210 211 216 226 231 242 244 250 264 276
ISBN: 0345538048
9780345538048
034553803X
9780345538031
Statement of Responsibility: Lawrence Goldstone
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 387-404) and index.
Subject Headings: Aeronautics United States History. Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930. Wright, Orville, 1871-1948. Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912.
Topical Term: Aeronautics
LCCN: 2014001424
MARC Display»

Opinion

Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Videos

Add a Video

There are no videos for this title yet.

Find it at CLEVNET

  Loading...

Powered by BiblioCommons.
app07 Version Borgsjo Last updated 2014/10/29 13:43