Wright Brothers, Wrong Story: How Wilbur Wright Solved the Problem of Manned Flight
December 17, 2018 marked the 115th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ manned flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. It takes a bold author (and a lot of research) to challenge orthodoxy. Using letters, diaries and some inductive reasoning, Hazelgrove contends that the brothers’ accomplishment was not the result of an equal partnership. Rather, Wilbur did the grand thinking, theorizing and planning, defying received wisdom on flight to develop his own—successful—formula for controlled aviation.
Wilbur technically made the first flight, for only a few seconds; it was the second flight (12 seconds in length), made by Orville, that was photographed and is generally counted as the first. Wilbur died in 1912. Orville lived until 1948, telling an embellished version of the story to a biographer. Judge for yourself.
– Bruce Collier
EDITOR’S CHOICE – THE BEST BOOKS OF 2018
Lou Berney, November Road
Stephen King, Elevation and The Outsider
Meg Gardiner, Into the Black Nowhere
Laura Lippman, Sunburn
Brad Meltzer, The Escape Artist
John Hart, The Hush
Rachel Kushner, The Mars Room
Michael Koryta, How It Happened
Scott Von Doviak, Charlesgate Confidential
Linwood Barclay, A Noise Downstairs
Karin Slaughter, Pieces of Her
James Lee Burke, Robicheaux
Michelle McNamara, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
Robert Hilburn, Paul Simon: The Life
Anthony Ray Hinton with Lara Love Hardin, The Sun Does Shine
Dave Itzkoff, Robin
Eli Saslow, Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist
David Sedaris, Calypso
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