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Book Review: “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough

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“The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough is a captivating and well-researched account of the lives and achievements of Orville and Wilbur Wright, the pioneering brothers who invented and built the world’s first successful airplane.

One of the strengths of the book is McCullough’s ability to bring the Wright brothers to life as complex and relatable individuals. He paints a detailed and intimate portrait of the brothers’ upbringing, personalities, and motivations, making it easy for readers to understand their drive and determination to achieve their goal of powered flight.

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The book also provides a comprehensive overview of the Wright brothers’ scientific and engineering process, including their experimentation with gliders and their development of the first successful airplane. McCullough does an excellent job of explaining the technical aspects of their work in a way that is accessible to a general audience.

In addition to the Wright brothers’ story, the book also provides a fascinating glimpse into the broader historical context of the time, including the state of aviation before the Wright brothers’ invention, the impact of their achievement on society, and the reaction of the press and public to the news of powered flight.

Overall, “The Wright Brothers” is a gripping and informative read that does justice to the legacy of two of the most important figures in aviation history. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of flight, the Wright brothers, and the impact of human innovation on society.


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