I applaud Fred Howard's book for its research and its tenacity. However, it took me a long, long time to get through it. What drudgery. I love history, and am sure I learned a lot by reading this tome. However, the man I admire the most is narrator Larry McKeever. How he managed to read this entire work is a marvel. I recommend this biography to anyone who has an absolute fascination with flight, with Dayton, with Kitty Hawk, etc., but be forewarned that it will take you places you'll wonder why you went. I used to read The Doctors Mayo to put me to sleep during the ten years of my advanced education. This book would have worked even better.
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Well researched and documented. Not just about the Wrights but also the many hangers-ons and pretenders that sought the glory and fame without having done the creative research and the dangerous development. Not light reading, but if you’re interested in how science and engineering work in practice, with ups and downs while the world continues on around us, it’s a great read.
I'm at a loss where to begin to describe how much I enjoyed this book.