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The Resource Birdmen : the Wright brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the battle to control the skies, Lawrence Goldstone

Birdmen : the Wright brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the battle to control the skies, Lawrence Goldstone

Label
Birdmen : the Wright brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the battle to control the skies
Title
Birdmen
Title remainder
the Wright brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the battle to control the skies
Statement of responsibility
Lawrence Goldstone
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Explores the life-risking rivalry between the Wright Brothers and machinist Glenn Hammond Curtiss, assessing how their patent war shaped early aviation and ultimately cost one of the men his life
  • "The feud between this nation's great air pioneers, the Wright brothers and Glenn Curtiss, was a collision of unyielding and profoundly American personalities. On one side, a pair of tenacious siblings who together had solved the centuries-old riddle of powered, heavier-than-air flight. On the other, an audacious motorcycle racer whose innovative aircraft became synonymous in the public mind with death-defying stunts. For more than a decade, they battled each other in court, at air shows, and in the newspapers. The outcome of this contest of wills would shape the course of aviation history--and take a fearsome toll on the men involved. Birdmen sets the engrossing story of the Wrights' war with Curtiss against the thrilling backdrop of the early years of manned flight, and is rich with period detail and larger-than-life personalities: Thomas Scott Baldwin, or "Cap't Tom" as he styled himself, who invented the parachute and almost convinced the world that balloons were the future of aviation; John Moisant, the dapper daredevil who took to the skies after three failed attempts to overthrow the government of El Salvador, then quickly emerged as a celebrity flier; and Harriet Quimby, the statuesque silent-film beauty who became the first woman to fly across the English Channel. And then there is Lincoln Beachey, perhaps the greatest aviator who ever lived, who dazzled crowds with an array of trademark twists and dives--and best embodied the romance with death that fueled so many of aviation's earliest heroes. A dramatic story of unimaginable bravery in the air and brutal competition on the ground, Birdmen is at once a thrill ride through flight's wild early years and a surprising look at the personal clash that fueled America's race to the skies" --
Assigning source
from publisher's web site
Cataloging source
PSt/DLC
Dewey number
629.13/0092/273
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
TL521
LC item number
.G568 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Birdmen : the Wright brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the battle to control the skies, Lawrence Goldstone
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 387-404) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Fulcrum -- Highway in the sky -- Men in the dunes -- To Kitty Hawk -- Sophomore slump -- Gas bag -- Where no man had gone before -- Patent pioneering -- The vagaries of the marketplace -- The inexorable progression of knowledge -- The first Brazilian aloft -- Langley's legacy -- Closing fast -- Vindication -- Orville and Selfridge -- The toast of France -- Trading punches -- Best-laid plans -- Bowing to the inevitable -- Team sports -- Mavericks -- Faster, steeper, higher -- War birds -- Owning the sky -- The wages of righteousness -- The romance of death -- A reluctant steward -- A wisp of victory -- The grip of the spotlight -- The death of innocence
Control code
ocn869806800
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 428 pages
Isbn
9780345538031
Isbn Type
(trade : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014001424
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)869806800
Label
Birdmen : the Wright brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the battle to control the skies, Lawrence Goldstone
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 387-404) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Fulcrum -- Highway in the sky -- Men in the dunes -- To Kitty Hawk -- Sophomore slump -- Gas bag -- Where no man had gone before -- Patent pioneering -- The vagaries of the marketplace -- The inexorable progression of knowledge -- The first Brazilian aloft -- Langley's legacy -- Closing fast -- Vindication -- Orville and Selfridge -- The toast of France -- Trading punches -- Best-laid plans -- Bowing to the inevitable -- Team sports -- Mavericks -- Faster, steeper, higher -- War birds -- Owning the sky -- The wages of righteousness -- The romance of death -- A reluctant steward -- A wisp of victory -- The grip of the spotlight -- The death of innocence
Control code
ocn869806800
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 428 pages
Isbn
9780345538031
Isbn Type
(trade : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014001424
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)869806800

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