Hell-rider to King of the Air: Glenn Curtiss's Life of Innovation

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SAE International, 2003 - Technology & Engineering - 273 pages
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<p>There's no question that Glenn Curtiss was one of the most significant figures in the early development of motorcycles, aviation, and engine development. This book will take you on a journey through both his life and his innovative technological developments.</p> <p>And what a life it was. Descriptions of this man prove to be contradictory and controversial. He was quiet, yet dashing. Kind, yet stern. Uneducated, yet a technological and entrepreneurial pioneer. He began his inventing career by building and racing motorcycles, while creating new internal combustion engines, then moved on to work with dirigibles, airplanes (particularly seaplanes), community development, and travel trailers. In the end, Glenn Curtiss - a man respected by contemporaries for his character - went to his grave accused of fiduciary irresponsibility and patent theft. His bitter patent disputes with the Wright Brothers leave many wondering whether Curtiss should be seen as a hero or a villain when his place in history is considered.</p> <p><i>Hell-Rider to King of the Air</i> examines Curtiss's life, career, and accomplishments in an engaging and accessible way, so that readers can answer that question for themselves.</p>

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Kirk House holds degrees from Rhode Island College and Lehigh University. He is now an independent writer, editor, and researcher, working largely in the fields of history and tourism. He lives with his wife and their two sons in Bath, New York

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