Adult Book Discussion: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough at Mount Vernon Public Library
April 18, 2016 - 2:45 PM
MOUNT VERNON - The
New York Times bestseller, “The Wright Brothers,” by David McCullough,
will be featured at the Adult Book Discussion on Tuesday, April 19, 7:00
p.m. at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N.
winner of the Pulitzer Prize, McCullough tells the dramatic
story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the
world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright. On a winter day in 1903, in
the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio
changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what
had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first
heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot. Who were these men
and how was it that they achieved what they did?
more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened
to hit on success, the Wright brothers were men of exceptional courage
and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and
ceaseless curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing.
The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but there
were books aplenty, supplied mainly by their preacher father, and they
never stopped reading. When they worked together, no problem seemed to
be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such
mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a
public high school education, little money and no contacts in high
places, never stopped them in their “mission” to take to the air.
Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took
off in one of their contrivances, they risked being killed.
this thrilling book, McCullough draws on the immense riches of the
Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and
more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell
the human side of the Wright Brothers’ story, including the little-known
contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might
well have gone differently for them. Mickey Shire will lead the
discussion for the evening program.
program is free and open to the public. Mickey Shire will serve as
discussion leader. Refreshments will be served. For more information,
call the main library at 740-392-BOOK (2665) Ext. 243, visit www.knox.net.
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