Friday, January 26, Flashback Friday! Labels: flashback Friday , alien invasion , aliens , flash fiction , language. Labels: children's books , historical fiction , musing. Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio, First published by Simon and Schuster. Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why? David McCullough tells the extraordinary and truly American story of the two brothers who changed the world.
Sons of an itinerant preacher and a mother who died young, Wilbur and Orville Wright grew up in a small side street in Dayton, Ohio, in a house that lacked indoor plumbing and electricity but was filled with books and a love of learning. The brothers ran a bicycle shop that allowed them to earn enough money to pursue their mission in life: flight.
In the s flying was beginning to advance beyond the glider stage, but there were major technical challenges that the Wrights were determined to solve. Flying was exceedingly dangerous; the Wrights risked their lives every time they flew in the years that followed. Despite their achievement, the Wrights could not convince the US government to take an interest in their plane until after they demonstrated its success in France, where the government instantly understood the importance of their achievement. Now, in this revelatory book, master historian David McCullough draws on nearly 1, letters of family correspondence—plus diaries, notebooks, and family scrapbooks in the Library of Congress—to tell the full story of the Wright brothers and their heroic achievement.
My Review:. As so often happens with the audio books I listen to while exercising or doing housework, I didn't know I was interested in this until I checked this out from the library. But I quickly realized that while I'd have said that I knew all about Wilbur and Orville Wright being the first to have a successful powered flight, I didn't actually know much of anything.
David McCullough fixed that. Another thing McCullough fixed was the controversy of which I was vaguely aware about some counter claims to the title of "first to fly. But the private records confirm it: Orville and Wilbur were first. I enjoyed the book for the detail it provided about the whole process how many of us assume that they managed that one famous flight at Kitty Hawk and that was it--flight was invented? I was also interested in the struggle they had convincing anyone like the US government that what they had was worthwhile no wonder they had to keep working!
The impact of fame on their lives was interesting, as well. The essentially private Wilbur was very nearly tempted out of his industrious path and came close, I think, to succumbing to vanity. His own native good sense seemed to pull him up just in time, though he did become a bit of a dandy for a time. And both the men were, I think, a bit out of their depth in the business end of things, and were lucky not to have been truly taken to the cleaners. The only aspect of the book that bothered me was the reading. It wasn't bad, but I think the author would have done well to let someone else read it.
The Princelings of the East Series | Jemima Pett
His delivery is just a bit "flat," rather like reading a news report. That does avoid unnecessary and inappropriate drama, but it doesn't make for good listening. Someone should tell Sarah Vowell to stick to writing and let someone else read, because I found her voice unlistenable, a bit like the silent movie star in Singing in the Rain.
My Recommendation: An interesting piece of history, and like most of the non-fiction I listen to, it would probably be better read as a paper book. Which raises the question of why I listen to so many NF books, even knowing they are usually better read. I don't have a good answer, except I do get through more of them this way, and a partial grasp of the subject is better than none. Anyone interested in the history of aviation has probably already read it, but if you haven't, nab a copy.
FTC Disclosure: I checked The Wright Brothers out of my library, and received nothing from the writer or publisher for my honest review. The opinions expressed are my own and those of no one else. Labels: audio books , book review , history , Wright Brothers.
The Talent Seekers
Sunday, January 21, fi50 Heads-up. Labels: Fi50 , alerts. Labels: autism , book review , memoir. A quick job of producing a story more or less to the theme Chuck proposed two weeks ago "the danger of undeserved power," and I can't imagine what made him think of that. I had trouble getting inspired which is why I didn't write the story last week, when it was due , but I managed to come up with something that I devoutly hope is not prophetic.
I'm not wild about it, but I did manage to write it. The ruler of the small nation was young and he should have shrugged off his illness. He had grown more and more ill, until now there was nothing to be done but keep a death watch. Among the grim faces in the death chamber were some whose grief was a false mask. These were the men and women who had managed to make themselves favorites of the prince, a boy of only ten years, and more spoiled than boded well for the nation. His pet courtiers made sure he remained that way, showering him with gifts and flattering him at every turn.
When the king died, the boy would be king, but utterly unfit to rule. He would have a council of regents, of course, but the hidden smiles told the tale of who would sit on the council, and who would rule. In the small hours of the night, the inevitable happened. The king breathed his last, and a sob broke from more than one throat, either from grief at the personal loss of husband, father, and friend, or from fear of what would become of the kingdom in the hands of Prince—now King—Lewan.
Long live the king! Lewan showed little interest in learning the job he now faced, and he listened only to a few of his favorites, none of whom Merrin trusted.
The Council was too heavily weighted toward those who preferred to keep the boy weak and ignorant. A meeting took place in a very private room indeed, where Merrin and the few nobles he trusted could be confident they would not be overheard. He seldom sits through and entire Council meeting, and he neglects his studies.
She was reaping a bitter harvest for the over-indulgence that had, after all, been not so very different from that shown to most wealthy children. And what of the others who have come to their side, knowing who will be in favor in four years? One of the loyal nobles was thrown from his horse and killed. An accident, of course, but no one was fooled. Victor tells how he uncovers a tangled web of lies and deceit, and an old friend from the past, or is it his future? Get all the news and extra content for the Princelings series at the W ebsite.
My Blog. Like Liked by 1 person. Great stuff. The supremely unfashionable nature of my stuff is one of the key reasons I self published too. Like Like. Thanks, Rebecca.
I used to be paralysed with the difficulty of writing blurbs. Great job, Chris! Nice to meet you, Jemima!
Good luck with your books and promoting. It is a lot of work but rewarding. Your book sounds great to me — loved Duncton Wood too, and your little inspirations as gorgeous. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.
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