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To Conquer the Air - Abridged

The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight

By James Tobin
Narrated by Boyd Gaines / 6 hours 13 minutes

James Tobin, award-winning author of Ernie Pyle's War and The Man He Became, has penned the definitive account of the inspiring and impassioned race between the Wright brothers and their primary rival Samuel Langley across ten years and two continents to conquer the air.

For years, Wilbur Wright and his younger brother, Orville, experimented in obscurity, supported only by their exceptional family. Meanwhile, the world watched as Samuel Langley, armed with a contract from the US War Department and all the resources of the Smithsonian Institution, sought to create the first manned flying machine. But while Langley saw flight as a problem of power, the Wrights saw a problem of balance. Thus their machines took two very different paths—Langley’s toward oblivion, the Wrights’ toward the heavens—though not before facing countless other obstacles. With a historian’s accuracy and a novelist’s eye, Tobin has captured an extraordinary moment in history. To Conquer the Air is itself a heroic achievement.

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Author
Narrator Boyd Gaines
ISBN 9780743549288
Length 6 hours 13 minutes
Language English
Publisher Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date
Edition Abridged
Genres History & Nonfiction
Libro.fm rank #182,647 Overall
Genre rank #8,772 in History