By Lawrence Goldstone
The feud among this nation’s nice air pioneers, the Wright brothers and Glenn Curtiss, was once a collision of unyielding and profoundly American personalities. On one aspect, a couple of tenacious siblings who jointly had solved the centuries-old riddle of powered, heavier-than-air flight. at the different, an audacious bike racer whose leading edge airplane grew to become synonymous within the public brain with death-defying stunts. For greater than a decade, they battled one another in court docket, at air exhibits, and within the newspapers. the result of this contest of wills may form the process aviation history—and take a fearsome toll at the males involved.
Birdmen units the engrossing tale of the Wrights’ battle with Curtiss opposed to the exciting backdrop of the early years of manned flight, and is wealthy with interval aspect and larger-than-life personalities: Thomas Scott Baldwin, or “Cap’t Tom” as he styled himself, who invented the parachute and nearly confident the area that balloons have been the way forward for aviation; John Moisant, the dapper daredevil who took to the skies after 3 failed makes an attempt to overthrow the govt of El Salvador, then speedy emerged as a star flyer; and Harriet Quimby, the statuesque silent-film good looks who grew to become the 1st girl to fly around the English Channel. after which there's Lincoln Beachey, maybe the best aviator who ever lived, who dazzled crowds with an array of trademark twists and dives—and most sensible embodied the romance with demise that fueled such a lot of of aviation’s earliest heroes.
A dramatic tale of incredible bravery within the air and brutal festival at the flooring, Birdmen is right away a thrill trip via flight’s wild early years and a shocking examine the non-public conflict that fueled America’s race to the skies.
Praise for Birdmen
“A meticulously researched account of the 1st few disturbing, tangled years of aviation and the curious characters who pursued it . . . a valuable spouse to Richard Holmes’s remarkable background of ballooning, Falling Upwards.”—Time
“The daredevil scientists and engineers who cast the sector of aeronautics spring vividly to existence in Lawrence Goldstone’s history.”—Nature
“The background of the improvement of an essential component of the fashionable international and a desirable portrayal of the way a gaggle of guys and girls accomplished a dream that had captivated humanity for centuries.”—The Christian technology Monitor
“Captivating and fantastically awarded . . . a superb publication approximately those rival pioneers.”—The Wall road Journal
“[A] bright tale of invention, vendettas, derring-do, media hype and patent fights [with] glossy resonance.”—Financial Times
“A strong tale that contrasts hovering hopes with the anchors of ego and courtroom.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A riveting narrative in regards to the pioneering period of aeronautics in the US and past . . . Goldstone increases questions of tolerating value relating to innovation and the indefinite exertion of regulate over principles that pass public.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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