By Lawrence Goldstone
From acclaimed historian Lawrence Goldstone comes an exhilarating narrative of braveness, selection, and festival: the tale of the serious competition that fueled the increase of yankee aviation.
The feud among this nation’s nice air pioneers, the Wright brothers and Glenn Curtiss, used to be a collision of unyielding and profoundly American personalities. On one aspect, a couple of tenacious siblings who jointly had solved the centuries-old riddle of powered, heavier-than-air flight. at the different, an audacious bike racer whose cutting edge airplane turned synonymous within the public brain with death-defying stunts. For greater than a decade, they battled one another in court docket, at air exhibits, and within the newspapers. the result of this contest of wills could form the process aviation history—and take a fearsome toll at the males involved.
Birdmen units the engrossing tale of the Wrights’ battle with Curtiss opposed to the exciting backdrop of the early years of manned flight, and is wealthy with interval aspect and larger-than-life personalities: Thomas Scott Baldwin, or “Cap’t Tom” as he styled himself, who invented the parachute and nearly confident the area that balloons have been the way forward for aviation; John Moisant, the dapper daredevil who took to the skies after 3 failed makes an attempt to overthrow the govt of El Salvador, then quick emerged as a celeb flyer; and Harriet Quimby, the statuesque silent-film good looks who grew to become the 1st girl to fly around the English Channel. after which there's Lincoln Beachey, might be the best aviator who ever lived, who dazzled crowds with an array of trademark twists and dives—and most sensible embodied the romance with dying that fueled such a lot of of aviation’s earliest heroes.
A dramatic tale of incredible bravery within the air and brutal festival at the floor, Birdmen is right now a thrill journey via flight’s wild early years and a stunning examine the private conflict that fueled America’s race to the skies.
Praise for Birdmen
“A meticulously researched account of the 1st few tense, tangled years of aviation and the curious characters who pursued it . . . a important spouse to Richard Holmes’s superb heritage of ballooning, Falling Upwards.”—Time
“The daredevil scientists and engineers who cast the sector of aeronautics spring vividly to lifestyles in Lawrence Goldstone’s history.”—Nature
“The historical past of the improvement of a vital part of the trendy global and a desirable portrayal of ways a gaggle of fellows and ladies accomplished a dream that had captivated humanity for centuries.”—The Christian technological know-how Monitor
“Captivating and beautifully awarded . . . a good ebook approximately those rival pioneers.”—The Wall highway Journal
“[A] brilliant tale of invention, vendettas, derring-do, media hype and patent fights [with] sleek resonance.”—Financial Times
“A strong tale that contrasts hovering hopes with the anchors of ego and courtroom.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A riveting narrative concerning the pioneering period of aeronautics in the USA and past . . . Goldstone increases questions of putting up with value relating to innovation and the indefinite exertion of keep watch over over principles that cross public.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)