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The Resource Birdmen : the Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the battle to control the skies, Lawrence Goldstone, (electronic resource)

Birdmen : the Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the battle to control the skies, Lawrence Goldstone, (electronic resource)

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Birdmen : the Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the battle to control the skies
Title
Birdmen
Title remainder
the Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the battle to control the skies
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Lawrence Goldstone
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Language
eng
Summary
From acclaimed historian Lawrence Goldstone comes a thrilling narrative of courage, determination, and competition: the story of the intense rivalry that fueled the rise of American aviation. 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 flyer; 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. Advance praise for Birdmen "Birdmen is so much more than the story of man's leap into the clouds. Exhilarating, exasperating, and inspiring in equal measure, the Wright brothers' tale is a parable for modern times, told in fascinating detail and gripping prose by Lawrence Goldstone."'Dr. Amanda Foreman, author A World on Fire "Meticulously researched and illuminating, Birdmen unveils the forgotten flyboys who gave America an invention to win wars, spread peace, and advance her destiny'air power."'Adam Makos, internationally bestselling author of A Higher Call "The history of human flight goes way beyond the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk. Lawrence Goldstone skillfully tells the rest of the story about the dreamers history has forgotten, and it's a helluva story superbly told. Birdmen is a wondrous journey from takeoff to landing."'Bill Griffeth, author of By Faith Alone "With riveting prose, rich research, and an uncommon talent for weaving heroic and tragic tales of complex persons with accounts of invention and institutions, Lawrence Goldstone reveals the human dimensions of the birth of modern times in this exhilarating book."'Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University, author of Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time From the Hardcover edition
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RECBK
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1947-
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Goldstone, Lawrence
Dewey number
973
Index
no index present
LC call number
TL539
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Wright, Wilbur
  • Wright, Orville
  • Curtiss, Glenn Hammond
  • History
  • Aeronautics
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Birdmen : the Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the battle to control the skies, Lawrence Goldstone, (electronic resource)
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multicolored
Contents
Genius extinguished -- 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
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unknown
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
1 online resource.
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9780345538048
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(electronic bk.)
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unknown
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af4484bd-c52d-4412-9de4-d2861fe29075
Publisher number
EB00151905
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
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  • (OCoLC)869306478
  • (OCoLC)ocn869306478
  • 993718
Label
Birdmen : the Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the battle to control the skies, Lawrence Goldstone, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Color
multicolored
Contents
Genius extinguished -- 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
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
1 online resource.
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780345538048
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Level of compression
unknown
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
af4484bd-c52d-4412-9de4-d2861fe29075
Publisher number
EB00151905
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)869306478
  • (OCoLC)ocn869306478
  • 993718

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