A new book by esteemed biographer David McCullough about Orville and Wilbur Wright was released this week. I have not yet looked at it - and given how long my reading list is, who knows when I will get to it! - but I definitely want to eventually read it. McCullough is a fantastic writer - I loved John Adams - and I obviously have an interest in aviation. I have visited both the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, NC as well as the Wright Brothers' Bicycle Shop which is part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park in Dayton, OH.
In North Carolina, while browsing the exhibits, I marveled at the fact that in a mere 60-plus years aviation went from two innovative bicycle shop entrepreneurs undertaking the first short powered flight on the North Carolina Outer Banks to huge international companies sending huge double-decker jet airliners into the sky carrying hundreds of people to far flung spots around the globe. That's not to mention the even more astounding accomplishment of putting man on the moon. The Wright brothers could not have begun to comprehend the significance and world-changing nature of that first flight. I know that McCullough will do their story justice.