Obviously I knew about the Wright brothers. Growing up outside of Detroit we went to Greenfield Village every year and their house was moved to the Village from Ohio. But this book really gave me insight as to how independent and industrious they were. Two brothers just figuring out how to fly! Wow.
David McCullough is a great historian and does a wonderful job capturing the personalities involved in the beginning of flying from Wilbur and Orville to the many others in France and elsewhere who were trying to figure it out. I was surprised to learn that Europe, particularly France, was much more interested in what the Wright brothers were doing than our own government. Hmmm….. but the US government finally came around.
I needed a good historical novel and this one was a true pleasure to read as I found myself reading twice as much as I normally do each day just so I could go back in time with the Wright Brothers.