Jeff Labrecque
May 21, 2015 AT 09:32 PM EDT

The Wright Brothers

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
David McCullough
genre
Biography

We gave it a B+

McCullough’s book about Orville and Wilbur Wright isn’t as weighty as his Pulitzer Prize-winning doorstops—it’s his slimmest biography yet—but his research and storytelling remain engagingly detailed. How two unknowns successfully solved the puzzle of flight from their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, while better-financed efforts crashed is one of the great American success stories. Though the book is a bit thin when covering their rivals and the ruthless quest to finish first, McCullough, using family letters, provides an intimate portrait of the brothers who went from fixing bikes to socializing with kings. As always, his lyrical prose transforms history into a delightful yarn. B+

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