Though every attempt to fly meant risking their lives, Wilbur and Orville Wright were determined to change history. Two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David McCullough tells the story of the two brothers, their family and childhood, successes and failures. With details from private diaries, letters and family scrapbooks, this is a moving personal story as well as a tale of perseverance, history, genius and invention.
"David McCullough has etched a brisk, admiring portrait of the modest, hardworking Ohioans who designed an airplane in their bicycle shop and solved the mystery of flight on the sands of Kitty Hawk, N.C. He captures the marvel of what the Wrights accomplished and, just as important, the wonder felt by their contemporaries. . . . Mr. McCullough is in his element writing about seemingly ordinary folk steeped in the cardinal American virtues--self-reliance and can-do resourcefulness."--Roger Lowenstein "The Wall Street Journal "
"[McCullough] takes the Wrights' story aloft. . . . Concise, exciting, and fact-packed. . . . Mr. McCullough presents all this with dignified panache, and with detail so granular you may wonder how it was all collected."--Janet Maslin "The New York Times "
"A story of timeless importance, told with uncommon empathy and fluency. . . . A story, well told, about what might be the most astonishing feat mankind has ever accomplished. . . . "The Wright Brothers" soars."--Daniel Okrent "The New York Times Book Review "