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The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
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it was amazing
bookshelves: biographies, business-and-economics, favorites, life-itself

The Wright Brothers was a delightful read. Its a story about the first manned flight and the sheer collective effort that went into it. Above all, it is a lesson in meditating on your goals, putting your head down, and just working. The Wright Brothers is easily in the top five books I have read in 2018. Armed with facts, photographs, and hundreds of letters that the Wright brothers and their circle wrote, Mr. David paints an absorbing narrative of one of humanity's finest endeavors.

The book offers a surprisingly intimate look at the Wright brothers, Wilbur and Orville (who is called Orv by the family, which is just adorable). After a brief description of their childhood and early years, the book singularly focuses on their attempts at flight through the years and how they finally achieved it. The best part about the book is the sincerity of the brothers in pursuit of their goal - undettered, undaunted and resolute. Over the course of more than 5 years, the brothers faced so many technical setbacks, so many problems, but their mettle is jaw dropping.

The brothers are like the men you read of in fantasy - intelligent, calm, lazer focused and with belief beyond measure. Both remained unmarried and never had any romances. They remained each other's strongest friend through all their lives, always together. It is no wonder that every person who met the Wright Brothers was so taken with them and their goal, and just wanted to be a part of their life. Their sister Katharine, and their father, Milton, were extraordinary people in their own way - acting as pillars of strength for the brothers. The relationship between the 3 siblings was so moving - it was something I didn't expect and adds to the overall narrative of the brothers' struggle.

I walked away from this book with a heavy heart. Their passion was palpable through the book, and I wish I was alive to see them soaring through Paris or flying across the Statue of Liberty - a testament to mankind's determination and a story of true grit. Read this.

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Reading Progress

March 17, 2017 – Shelved
March 17, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
Started Reading
August 7, 2018 – Finished Reading
August 13, 2018 – Shelved as: business-and-economics
August 13, 2018 – Shelved as: biographies
August 13, 2018 – Shelved as: favorites
August 13, 2018 – Shelved as: life-itself

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