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Dawn Over Kitty Hawk: The Novel of the Wright Brothers [Formato Kindle]

Walter J. Boyne

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The names Wilbur and Orville Wright stand out in history as the inventors of the airplane, but lost in history are those who in the closing years of the nineteenth century and the first years of the twentieth shared the same passion: to develop the first powered aircraft. Some spent entire lives and fortunes chasing the dream, including men like the embittered Augustus Herring, who'd flown a heavier than air machine for several seconds in 1898; the pompous Samuel Pierpont Langley, of the Smithsonian Institution, who was backed by the US War Department, and even the legendary American inventor Alexander Graham Bell. These men, along with European competitors such as Louis Blériot, chased what many believed to be the impossible dream of manned, powered flight. But the Wright Brothers were the first to succeed, thanks to a combination of courage, genius, and downright stubbornness! Many followed in their footsteps, including such arch-competitors as Glenn Curtiss.

The Wright Brothers' father was a huge factor who dominated their lives, trying to control their every thought and action. A bishop of the United Brethren Church, Milton Wright wanted his sons to succeed in their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, not risk their lives. Bishop Wright saw no reason for his sons to risk everything on an isolated, windy beach in faraway North Carolina a beach called Kitty Hawk. He tried to quash their dream, but Orville and Wilbur rebelled, ultimately proving the impossible by flying on December 17, 1903. They brought the dawn of aviation, the industry that dominated the twentieth century and set the stage for the space race.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 537 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 432
  • Editore: Forge Books (16 maggio 2003)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B004M8T0RA
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  • Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: #251.141 a pagamento nel Kindle Store (Visualizza i Top 100 a pagamento nella categoria Kindle Store)

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6 di 6 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Making the Wright's accomplishments real... 10 luglio 2003
Di J.R. Hulls - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
There is an old pilot's trick for looking at things...you're more likely to see something if you look slightly away from where you expect to see it, be it the fighter pilot looking for the speck of another aircraft, or the soaring pilot staring for the glint of wings of a circling sailplane in an uprising air current. Peripheral vision is more sensitive and by not looking directly at something, it paradoxically makes it easier to see. And this is the way Walter Boyne's Dawn over Kitty Hawk, the Novel of the Wright Brothers works. By looking at the Orville and Wilbur and their complex family in fictional form, he allows us to see a truly vivid portrait of their accomplishments, set in a fascinating age in American history.
A former Director of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Boyne weaves many of the major characters from the dawn of flight into a gripping tale that covers everything from the arrogance of much of the scientific establishment of the period to the byzantine wheeling and dealings of the robber baron financiers and their accomplices. Yet he never loses sight of the brilliance, hard work, determination and unbelievable courage that it took for the Wrights to launch forth into the unknown ocean of the air. Boyne's career as an Air Force pilot enables him to convey the feel and danger of those first flights in a way that puts the reader in the air with the Wrights as they struggle to understand the mysteries of flight. He takes the reader along, all the way from the first tentative gliding flights, through the crashes that led to mastery of control and power, ending in their triumphant flights in France and world acclaim.
The aviation enthusiast will recognize Santos-Dumont, Glenn Curtiss, Professor Langley, and many of the other characters, and there are other historic figures who play their parts in Boyne's novel. There is only one significant character who never really existed but even he contributes to the historical verisimilitude of the novel and is actually a composite of two historical figures. I won't spoil it by revealing the character, but it will take a fairly serious interest in aviation history to recognize him.
Dawn over Kitty Hawk is an imaginative, highly enjoyable contribution to understanding and celebrating that first flight one hundred years ago at Kitty Hawk on 17 December 1903,
5 di 5 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Dawn Over Kitty Hawk 12 giugno 2003
Di Big Reader - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
Dawn Over Kitty Hawk is a wonderful book. I had the sense that I was a fly on the wall watching history in the making. This book gives the reader an "insiders look" at the Wrights' personal and business conflicts, and demonstrates that Wilbur and Orville Wright are a classic study in the good old American success story. Walter Boyne cleverly weaves common and little-known facts into a believable story. This is the way they should teach history, instead of just memorizing facts. Dawn Over Kitty Hawk also debunks the common notion that a nonfiction writer cannot write good fiction. This will make your summer reading more enjoyable.
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1.0 su 5 stelle Not representative of the historical Wright Family 29 maggio 2013
Di Matt Yanney - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
Dawn over Kitty Hawk is a fictional tale with a mixture of historical fact, historical revisionism, and characters of a Wright family from an alternate universe; the brothers in no way representative of our favorite sons from Dayton. Please do not read this book with the idea that a clearer understanding of the Wright's personalities will be obtained, as it is a book of fiction. The author apparently either was unwilling to portray the historical moral celibate nature of Wilbur, Orville, and Katharine during the time frame of the story, or he just chose to spice up the novel at the expense of the Wright's reputation. The loving relationship and adoration they shared with their Father is not in question historically, yet, in this novel, Bishop Wright is unrecognizable, often belittling his children, with this theme continued throughout the story as if the author had some ulterior motive to destroy the Bishop's reputation. In the novel, Bizarro Wilbur is living for the day he can break away from his domineering Father. Contrast this with the Wright's comments from OUR universe:
"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio."- Wilbur Wright, 1910
"I hereby give to my father Milton Wright, of Dayton, Ohio, my earnest thanks for his example of a courageous life, and for his earnest sympathy with everything tending to my true welfare..." Last Will and Testament of Wilbur Wright, May 1912.
"A friend said that `Even though what you accomplished was without the idea of making money, the fact remains that the Wright brothers will always be favorite examples of how American lads with no special advantages can get ahead.' But, that isn't true. Because you see, we did have special advantages. Simply that we were lucky enough to grow up in a home environment where there was always much encouragement to children to pursue intellectual interests; to investigate whatever aroused curiosity. In a different kind of environment our curiosity might have been nipped long before it could have borne fruit".- Orville Wright
The novel also has Bizarro Orville desiring to break away from his brother's influence and going out on his own, which is just so far from historical reality.
Consider the Wright's comments from OUR universe:
"We had hoped in 1906 to sell our invention to governments for enough money to satisfy our needs and devote our time to science, but for the jealousy of certain persons blocked this plan, and compelled us to rely on our patents and commercial exploitation. We wished to be free from business cares so that we could give all our own time to advancing the science and art of aviation, but we have been compelled to spend our time on business matters instead during the past five years. When we think what we might have accomplished if we had been able to devote this time to experiments, we feel very sad, but it is always easier to deal with things than with men, and no one can direct his life entirely as he would choose". (Wilbur to M. Hevesy, January 25, 1912)
In June 1916, Orville began work on a one-story laboratory at 15 North Broadway, just down the block and around the corner from the bicycle shop. He and Will had long dreamed of a specialized workshop where they could recapture the thrill of discovery. The brothers had purchased the lot in 1909, when they were too involved with business problems to plan the laboratory. (The Bishop's Boys, page 468)
The book is insulting to the memory and character of the Wright Family. The boys loved their Father, and he loved them. Wilbur and Orville were inseparable as twins to the day Wilbur died in 1912. The actual historical fabricated news account of Wilbur's "affair" was totally untrue and slanderous, and upset Wilbur greatly. How does it honor Wilbur's memory to turn this fabrication into fact in this novel? Why dishonor Orville with the distasteful storyline of his relationship with his sister? How is Katharine's memory honored by fabricating a sexual relationship with an imagined character in her College years? How is Bishop Wright's memory honored by portraying him in such a negative way?
The true story of the Wright Brothers needs no embellishment. A great American family doesn't deserve this treatment.
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5.0 su 5 stelle They were giants! A wonderful telling of a great story! 9 giugno 2003
Di Roger J. Buffington - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
This is a great telling of a great story -- how the Wright brothers came to be the first human beings to accomplish powered, heavier-than-air flight. As this historical novel makes clear, they did it by being the first men to take a methodical, scientific look at what was required to accomplish not only flight, but controlled, competent powered flight. The Wrights were giants--they were years ahead of their rivals. This novel explains that the Wrights first had to originate, from scratch, all of the mathematics and engineering of how to build a true lifting wing. They then had to design, from scratch, a means to control the aircraft in flight by means of warping wing controls--essentially the same methods we use today. These were staggering achievements that the Wrights did not "luck into." On top of these achievements, since there was no suitable gasoline motor to power the Wright Flyer, why, the Wrights simply designed a suitable engine, from scratch, which at the time was the only suitable engine for powered flight on the planet. In point of fact, between Wilbur Wright's methodical, mathematical approach, and Orville Wright's ingenius mechanical aptitude and intuitive grasp of the problem of flight, the Wrights represented a rare combination of scientific rigor and engineering finesse. They were a decade or more ahead of their competition. The best part of this novel is the manner in which it explains in layman's terms what the scientific-engineering problems were that mankind faced circa 1900 to accomplish heavier-than-air flight. The telling of how the Wrights solved these problems makes a great story.
The novel debunks a number of myths that sometimes persist today when the story of early manned flight is told. Professor Langely was not merely unlucky in his attempt to build his "Grand Aerodrome" (a US-government sponsored project to build the first airplane). In reality, like all of the Wright's competitors, he failed to grasp the fundamental problem of flight--the lifting wing and the need to control the aircraft in three dimensions. This is why each of his attempts promptly crashed into the ocean. Not until they frankly copied the Wright concepts and designs did the Wrights' competitors literally get off the ground.
The novel also provides a fascinating look at the business conflicts between the Wrights on the one hand, and their rivals on the others, as the Wrights sought to make an honest profit from their achievements. This is a wonderful story in its own right, told well.
The Wrights were, quite simply, giants. This novel does a fine job of impressing the reader with the magnitude of their achievements, while still showing us that the Wrights (and their colleagues and rivals) were human beings with the usual array of human failings.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Rummaging around pays off .. 23 marzo 2008
Di Denny Myers - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
While rummaging around a local Dollar General Store, I came across this book which, I am happy to say, I bought new for 75 cents. It sounded interesting and I took it home. I laid it down and looked at it for weeks ... then, one day, I took the journey.

"Dawn Over Kitty Hawk" is categorized as a novel. While I might concur that Walter J. Boyne took some liberties ..... I mean, what biographer doesn't? This book is much more a biography than a novel.

While reading I took the time to look up information about the Wright Brothers and the race to develop the first "controllable" power flying machine. Boyne is dead on with respect to his facts.

Boyne goes further in delving into the minds of Wilbur and Orville Wright than most Wright biographers have.

It is a fascinating and informative read.

Densel Myers
Yukon, Oklahoma

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