Friday, August 26, 2016

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough-320 pages

I thoroughly enjoyed reading McCullough's account of Orville and Wilbur Wright (and their immediate family, especially their father and sister). McCullough chronicles their lives leading up to the invention of the airplane, but focuses mainly on the brothers' invention of the airplane and escapades in flight. McCullough's writing flows well and is very readable, which is why it is so interesting and enjoyable. I knew that the Wright Brothers were the first to invent and fly an "airplane," but I learned so much more about them while reading this book. I wanted to read this book for three reasons (mainly). The first is that it is written by David McCullough who is a much acclaimed historian and author. The second is that I wanted to learn more about the Wright Brothers and their escapades in flight (which as I said, I did). The final reason is that I share the same birthday with both Orville and Katharine Wright (though I only knew about Orville before reading this book). I find it interesting, amusing that Wilbur really liked France and felt a kinship to/with the French, but did not like Rome at all. I would really like to visit Italy. In conclusion, I am glad to have read this book and have a better understanding of flight and the Wright Brothers.

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