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Miracle At Kitty Hawk: The Letters Of Wilbur And Orville Wright

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With little formal education and even fewer business skills, Wilbur and Orville Wright solved the scientific mystery that defeated the greatest minds of their day. This collection of six hundred letters between the two brothers traces the genesis of their flying machine, from their initial frustration to their bursts of discovery and the thrill of ultimate success. Witness ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published December 5th 2002 by Da Capo Press (first published March 21st 1996)
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Christopher
With all due respect to Da Capo Press--I have and enjoy several books published by Da Capo--I think Orville and Wilbur Wright would have taken offense at the peculiar title of this book (Miracle at Kitty Hawk).

I suspect the Wright Brothers themselves would have wished to emphasize the fact that their work was the product of uniquely human skills such as patience, perseverance, research and analysis, trial and error, and good old fashioned hard work, rather than intangibles that diminish the huma
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Bryan
Nov 05, 2015 Bryan rated it really liked it
I read this book after I read David McCullough's book on the Wright Brothers. These are selected letters, with a lot of the more technical letters culled out. Most of the letters in this collection were written by Wilbur. Even though his formal education ended after high school, he was well read and wrote well and often. You get a good sense of the cast of his mind and character. His sense of purpose and confidence is remarkable and inspiring.
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Jan 22, 2009 Grover rated it it was amazing
A fascinating look at Orville and Wilbur and their thought process as they attempted the first powered flight, told through their letters.
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The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two American brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who were credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903. From 1905 to 1907, the brothers devel ...more
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