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This is an auction for THE WRIGHT BROTHERS: HOW THEY INVENTED THE AIRPLANE by Russell Freedman.

With Original Photographs by Wilbur and Orville Wright.

"What unusual people the Wright brothers were! Despite a four-year difference in age, the two grew up to be as close as twins, a patient bachelor pair who methodically set out to prove the possibility of powered, controlled human flight. Just as methodically, they promoted their new flying machine, made lots of money, and overcame the U. S. government's stubborn lack of interest. In his own inimitable way, Freedman takes readers back to that exciting time, using not only the Wrights' written descriptions and the accounts of awed observers, but also a large selection of the careful photographs that Wilbur and Orville took to document their experiments. After an opening chapter to set the stage, the author creates a detailed family portrait. He closes with discussions of the photographs, sites to visit, and sources of further information about the Wright brothers. Freedman's achievement is as splendid as those of his subjects."
- Library Journal (US)

"Newbery winner Freedman has again produced a vivid, superior biography. This time focusing on a well-known pair of brothers, he effectively transforms our perception of the subjects as distant cultural icons into tireless, flesh-and- blood heroes. In understated, involving prosec - skillfully laced with pertinent excerpts from journals, letters and contemporary accounts - Freedman lays out a clear and compelling history of the early aviation experiments that culminated in the legendary flight at Kitty Hawk."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Large format paperback 1991.

129 pages.

Superb photographs throughout.

Very good condition.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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