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Dawn Over Kitty Hawk: The Novel of the Wright Brothers di [Boyne, Walter J.]
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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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  • Editore: Forge Books (16 maggio 2003)
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5.0 su 5 stelle This is a wonderful book and a fine lesson on what can be ... 23 aprile 2016
Di ralph glorioso - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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This is, of course, historical fiction, but very closely aligned with historical fact. Mostly there is some author's license involved in the discussions between the Wright brothers and other participants in this fascinating epic. That the plot is slow is totally necessary as the development of the first self-powered flying machine was an onerous venture, one which had defied all those who attempted it before the Wright Brothers. Suspenseful because there was every reason to believe that the very well-funded Langley effort would succeed prior to the Wright Brother's finished airship.

This is a wonderful book and a fine lesson on what can be accomplished by those who give their best and are not deterred by repeated setbacks. Truly, the old American spirit as exemplified by the brothers made their efforts a success.
1.0 su 5 stelle Very disappointed in this and the author's obsession with sex 1 dicembre 2014
Di Dylan Shakespeare - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Very disappointed in this and the author's sexual obsession, which obviously the Wright family abstained from as a Christian family with high morals and is way beyond fiction, more like a fantasy. Was this some Langley dig from the grave from the Smithsonian on two stalwart examples of American ingenuity?

Also portraying the father as a tyrant?! They loved Milton and he them, as did the brothers with each other and their sister. Very disappointed in what could have been a fine story. For as much as is left as a written record of their character and lives, literally mountains of letters and diaries, the author sure missed the boat on accuracy. What a shame.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Masterful and illuminting! 31 luglio 2010
Di OZARKFLIER - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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I was captivated by Dawn over Kitty Hawk from start to finish. By using an artful combination of historical fact and novelized dialogue, Boyne illuminates the events surrounding man's invention of powered flight with an astonishing clarity. The remarkable genius of Wilbur and Orville Wright, the complex intellectual bond between them, plus the dominating influence of their father, Bishop Wright, is fully revealed and explained at last. With a cast of genuine characters--Augustus Herring, who claimed to have flown first, Samuel Langley, who failed despite government support, Alexander Graham Bell, who wanted to bring his inventive talents to the forefront of aviation, Glenn Curtiss, who wanted to turn aviation into a business, and Octave Chanute, who wanted to bring all of the disparate elements together--Boyne very successfully recreates one of the most compelling dramas of the last century. Anyone with the slightest interest in 20th centuty history ought to read this book.
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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
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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.
4.0 su 5 stelle A great novelization of what actually happened 100+ years ago 12 luglio 2013
Di Daniel M Zizmor - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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I have been wanting to read about the Wright brothers for some time and I found this book at the library. I was anticipating that this book would be more of a common history book, that simply discusses what happened, but it turned out to be a surprisingly accurate novelization of the actual history. It's an enjoyable telling of what these down to earth seemingly ordinary brothers did to be the first ones to conquer the skies. Their approach to the issue was so honorable not just in the hard work and sweat but their attention to the pragmatic. In many ways it's the classic all-american tale of hard work gets you ahead. I do wish the author went into more detail regarding things such as the making their wind tunnel. I'll have to do some more reading to better understand those technical details; but in the meantime it was a great read.
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