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Wings: A History of Aviation from Kites to the Space Age
The invention of the airplane ushered in the modern age—a new era of global commerce, revolutionary technologies, and total war. Whatever the practical consequences, the sheer exhilaration of flight captured the imagination. No longer bound to the surface of the earth, humans took the first steps on a journey that would eventually carry them to other worlds. Tom Crouch wea ...more
Paperback, 738 pages
Published November 17th 2004 by W. W. Norton Company
(first published November 2003)
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If you ever had a question about the history of flight, this book has the answer. Spanning the entire twentieth century and then some, Wings also crosses the globe, covering major advancements made by all nations without being too US-centric. Black and white pictures and quotes by early observers capture the awe inspiring first years of flight. When I finished, I had an excessive list of fun facts I wanted to share with you. I picked the one I did because I simply can't imagine being launched in ...more
The writing isn't bad in this book (nor is it that good), but the real problem with this book is that the scope is too large for the effort. The 100-year history of aviation cannot be compressed into 639 pages. Crouch should have focused on military aviation, commercial aviation, or aviation technology to be able to drill to enough depth in this space to make this a worthwhile expenditure of time. Or he should have expanded the format and writing to a multi-volume set to give each topic the care ...more