The Bishop's Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 17, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 608 pages
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The reissue of this definitive biography heralds the one-hundredth anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight.

Brilliant, self-trained engineers, the Wright brothers had a unique blend of native talent, character, and family experience that perfectly suited them to the task of invention but left them ill-prepared to face a world of skeptics, rivals, and officials. Using a treasure trove of Wright family correspondence and diaries, Tom Crouch skillfully weaves the story of the airplane's invention into the drama of a unique and unforgettable family. He shows us exactly how and why these two obscure bachelors from Dayton, Ohio, were able to succeed where so many better-trained, better-financed rivals had failed.
  

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Review: The Bishop's Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright

User Review  - Samuel Weaver - Goodreads

A real American success story. Great book on a very remarkable team. Probably a little technical at times for the casual reader, but everyone should read it. Proves what a little elbow grease, work ethic, and good upbringing can do in the world. Read full review

Review: The Bishop's Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright

User Review  - Grant Maclaren - Goodreads

If you haven't read this book, maybe you don't know as much about the brothers as you'd like to know. I loan my copy to friends who ask me why I so admire them and the way they discovered the secrets of controlled flight. The best of many Wight books on my shelves. Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
7
Prologue
11
Taking Up the Cross
19
Milton and Susan
32
The Preachers Kids
44
Moving On
54
Times of Trial
67
The Ties That Bind
83
THE WORLD
287
A Machine of Practical Utility
289
Fliers or Liars
301
Rival Wings
316
Wealth and Fame
327
The Return to Kitty Hawk
346
The Unveiling
360
Fort Myer
371

A Business for Brothers
93
Bicycles Built by Two
104
Home Fires
116
WINGS
133
The Year of the Flying Machines
135
Octave Chanute
146
Windmills of the Mind
157
A Fractious Horse
171
Kitty Hawk 0 Kitty
181
Not within a Thousand Years
200
Tunnel Vision
214
All Doubts Resolved
229
Europe Discovers the Wrights
242
Success
253
The Prairie Patch
273
Pomp and Circumstance
379
The Wright Company
395
Of Politics and Patents
411
The Montebank Game
424
A Short Life
440
The End of an Era
455
Carrying on Alone
468
The Smithsonian Feud
484
Of Men and Monuments
502
The Final Chapter
512
Notes
531
Bibliography
577
Index
587
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About the author (2003)

Tom D. Crouch, author of The Bishop's Boys and A Dream of Wings, is senior curator of the aeronautics division at the National Air & Space Museum. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia.

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