The Bishop's Boys

A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright

Tom D. Crouch (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book

The reissue of this definitive biography heralds the one-hundredth anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight.

Brilliant, self-trained engineers, the Wright brothers had a unique blend of native talent, character, and family experience that perfectly suited them to the task of invention but left them ill-prepared to face a world of skeptics, rivals, and officials. Using a treasure trove of Wright family correspondence and diaries, Tom Crouch skillfully weaves the story of the airplane's invention into the drama of a unique and unforgettable family. He shows us exactly how and why these two obscure bachelors from Dayton, Ohio, were able to succeed where so many better-trained, better-financed rivals had failed.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • April 2003
  • ISBN 978-0-393-30695-8
  • 6.2 × 9.2 in / 608 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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