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Book Discussion - The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough

The Book Discussion book this month
When Jan 25, 2018
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Winterset Public Library Meeting Room
Contact Phone 462-1731
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The Wright Brothers


 

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough Jan. 25, 7:00pm at the Library


From Booklist:

"Fairly or not, Orville and Wilbur Wright will always be best remembered by the general public for December 17, 1903, the day at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, when the brothers flew, for the first time, a heavier-than-air vehicle. Of course, the brothers had accomplishments and interesting lives that both preceded and followed that triumphant day, as this fine biography by esteemed historian McCullough shows. McCullough offers an interesting portrait of their youth in Dayton, Ohio, that also serves as an examination of daily life in post–Civil War Middle America. Neither boy had a formal education beyond high school, although Wilbur’s plan to attend Yale was thwarted by an injury. Yet both displayed keen intelligence and strong interest in various mechanical devices. That interest led to their ownership of both print and bicycle shops, but their interest in the possibility of human flight soon became an obsession for them. McCullough illustrates their creative geniuses as well as their physical courage leading up to the initial flight. He also pays tribute to an unsung hero, their sister Katherine, who played a prominent role in their achievements. This is an outstanding saga of the lives of two men who left such a giant footprint on our modern age."

 

 

Join the discussion!  New members are always welcome.  The discussion is held in the Library meeting room.  If you need a copy of the book, stop by the Library and check one out!  The book discussion is free and open to the public.

Future book discussion titles include:

Feb. 22: The Girl Before by Rena Olsen

March 22: Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett

April 26: 1984 by George Orwell

May 24: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

June 28: The Widow by Fiona Barton

 




 

 

 

 

 


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