The Great Dirigibles: Their Triumphs and Disasters

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Courier Corporation, 1957 - Antiques & Collectibles - 352 pages
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Everything in this book, including bits of dialogue, is as factual and accurate as can be, since everything is taken from eye-witness accounts. The true stories of these men and their fabulous floating machines are among the most exciting of modern adventures. There are 32 outstanding photographs of dirigibles in flight and in mooring (including four of the fiery destruction of the "Hindenburg" ), and of the men who flew them. Ther grandeur of the great dirigibles once captured the imaginations of millions, and is still a fascinating if failed chapter in the history of man's inventiveness.
  

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John Toland's dated but compelling history tells the story of Zeppelins and dirigibles during the early 20th Century by retelling several moments of triumph and disaster, from the experiments of ... Read full review

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A history of lighter than air craft. At one time these were thought to be the solution to travel problems. This book focuses mainly on the use of lighter than air craft to explore remote parts of the ... Read full review

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John Toland (1670-1722) was an Irish born scholar and philosopher of international renown. In his considerable volume of writings, he challenged political and ecclesiastical authority and was a prolific writer on important political and religious issues of his day: a radical republican who challeged the divine right of kings; a diplomat whose Account of the Courts of Hanover and Berlin is still quoted by historians of the period; the first person to be called a freethinker (by Bishop Berkeley); the first to advocate full citizenship and equal rights for Jewish people. John Toland was born in Donegal, Ireland to a Gaelic-speaking Catholic family on November 30th 1670. At the age of sixteen he joined the Church of Ireland, which enabled him to receive an education at the Protestant school of Redcastle. He attended the University of Glasgow, where he gained a scholarship to study theology and later graduated with a Master of Arts from Edinburgh University in July 1689: the day before the Battle of the Boyne as he later recalled. He also attended the University of Leyden, before returning to England where he stayed in prominent Whig households in Oxford and London, earning his living as a propagandist for the Whig party. He is chiefly remembered today for what was in fact his first work, Christianity Not Mysterious (1696) - a book which was denounced in the English and Irish Parliaments and publicly burned in Dublin. J.N. Duggan who is the General Editor for this project, first came across the name of John Toland while researching her biography, 'Sophia of Hanover: from Winter Princess to Heiress of Great Britain 1630-1714', which was published by Peter Owen Publishers in 2010 (ISBN: 978 0 7206 1342 1). This prompted her to write her own short biography of Toland - 'John Toland: Ireland's Forgotten Philosopher, Scholar ... and Heretic' published the same year (ISBN: 978-1-907522-08-6).

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