Noah Adams is a master at taking small details and bringing them to life. This book is not precisely a history of flight or a biography of the Wright brothers, although that is a part of it. Instead, he describes travels to major scenes in their life -- Dayton, Kitty Hawk, Washington, France -- and puts the history into the current reality. He is not so much reporting facts as facts tinged with impressions.
As a consequence the historical figures, especially Katherine Wright Haskell, truly are rounded out. The requent quoting from primary sources adds validity to his narrative.