<Embed>
List Price: $32.00
Save: $15.16 (47%)
FREE Shipping on your first order. Details
Arrives: Tuesday, July 21
Fastest delivery: Wednesday, July 15
Order within 1 hr and 38 mins
Details
In Stock.
As an alternative, the Kindle eBook is available now and can be read on any device with the free Kindle app. Want to listen? Try Audible.
Your transaction is secure
We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Learn more
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
FREE Shipping on your first order. Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: This item shows wear including creases in the cover/spine.

Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$10.52
+ $3.99 shipping
Sold by: Inspiration Media
Add to Cart
$14.90
+ Free Shipping
Sold by: Alleasygo
Add to Cart
$10.95
+ $3.99 shipping
Sold by: Books at a Lower Cost
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Follow the Author

Something went wrong. Please try your request again later.


The Wright Brothers Hardcover – May 5, 2015

4.7 out of 5 stars 5,888 ratings

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
Hardcover
$16.84
$9.74 $1.70

Black lives matter. Books to read right now.
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
    Apple
  • Android
    Android
  • Windows Phone
    Windows Phone
  • Click here to download from Amazon appstore
    Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

kcpAppSendButton

Frequently bought together

  • The Wright Brothers
  • +
  • The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West
  • +
  • The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
Total price: $49.94
Buy the selected items together

Special offers and product promotions

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

An Amazon Best Book of May 2015: Most people recognize the famous black-and-white photo of the Wright brothers on a winter day in 1903, in a remote spot called Kitty Hawk, when they secured their place in history as the first to fly a motor-powered airplane. That brilliant moment is the cornerstone of the new masterful book by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough, who brings his deft touch with language and his eye for humanizing details to the unusually close relationship between a pair of brothers from Dayton, Ohio, who changed aviation history. Bicycle shop owners by day, Wilbur and Orville taught themselves flight theory through correspondence with the Smithsonian and other experts. But the brothers soon realized that theory was no match for practical testing, and they repeatedly risked life and limb in pursuit of their goal—including when Orville fractured a leg and four ribs in a 75-foot plunge to the ground. McCullough’s narration of ventures such as this—their famous first flight at Kitty Hawk; the flight in Le Mans, France that propelled the brothers to international fame; the protracted patent battles back at home; and the early death of elder brother Wilbur—will immerse readers in the lives of the Wright family. Like other great biographies before it, The Wright Brothers tells the story about the individuals behind the great moments in history, while never sacrificing beauty in language and reverence in tone. – Manfred Collado

Review

“A story of timeless importance, told with uncommon empathy and fluency. . . . A story, well told, about what might be the most astonishing feat mankind has ever accomplished. . . . The Wright Brothers soars.” -- Daniel Okrent, The New York Times Book Review

“David McCullough has etched a brisk, admiring portrait of the modest, hardworking Ohioans who designed an airplane in their bicycle shop and solved the mystery of flight on the sands of Kitty Hawk, N.C. He captures the marvel of what the Wrights accomplished and, just as important, the wonder felt by their contemporaries. . . . Mr. McCullough is in his element writing about seemingly ordinary folk steeped in the cardinal American virtues—self-reliance and can-do resourcefulness.” -- Roger Lowenstein, The Wall Street Journal

“The nitty-gritty of exactly how [the Wrights] succeeded is told in fascinating detail.” -- Buzzy Jackson, The Boston Globe

“Few historians have captured the essence of America — its rise from an agrarian nation to the world's dominant power — like David McCullough. . . . McCullough has defined American icons and revealed new dimensions to stories that long seemed exhausted. . . . An elegant, sweeping look at the two Americans who went where no others had gone before and whose work helped create a national excellence in aviation that continues today." -- Ray Locker, USA Today

"McCullough’s magical account of [the Wright Brothers'] early adventures — enhanced by volumes of family correspondence, written records, and his own deep understanding of the country and the era — shows as never before how two Ohio boys from a remarkable family taught the world to fly." -- Reeve Lindbergh, The Washington Post

“[McCullough] takes the Wrights’ story aloft. . . . Concise, exciting, and fact-packed. . . . Mr. McCullough presents all this with dignified panache, and with detail so granular you may wonder how it was all collected.” -- Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers is a story about two brothers and one incredible moment in American history. But it’s also a story that resonates with anyone who believes deeply in the power of technology to change lives – and the resistance some have to new innovations.” -- Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google

"McCullough vividly re-creates the failures and disappointments as the Wright brothers puzzle out the scienceof bird- and insect-wing design. . . . [McCullough] continues to deliverhigh-quality material with familiar facility and grace." -- Larry Lebowitz, The Miami Herald

"An outstanding saga of the lives of two men who left such a giant footprint on our modern age.", Booklist (starred review)

“[An] enjoyable, fast-paced tale. . . . A fun, fast ride.”, The Economist

Product details

Customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5
5,888 customer ratings
How does Amazon calculate star ratings?
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2015
Verified Purchase
260 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2018
Verified Purchase
16 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2015
Verified Purchase
27 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse

Top international reviews

R Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars American geniuses!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 7, 2018
Verified Purchase
One person found this helpful
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
Bill White
5.0 out of 5 stars A very surprising and gripping story.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 29, 2017
Verified Purchase
3 people found this helpful
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
John Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read and an enjoyable peak at history being made
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 24, 2019
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
Andrew Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 22, 2019
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
Thomas A. Regelski
5.0 out of 5 stars Tenatious heros
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 14, 2018
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
Pianoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written biog
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 17, 2018
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read but something missing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 4, 2017
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
Geoff Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 25, 2017
Verified Purchase
One person found this helpful
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Does not contain ANY technical information.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 17, 2018
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
bryan j southgate
5.0 out of 5 stars A definitive history of the first flight and the Wright family’s endeavours
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 23, 2019
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
Key Perspective
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and well told
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 18, 2018
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wright Brothers, Wright Family and Right Airplane
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 4, 2018
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
N R L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 29, 2016
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
A. RAWICZ-SZCZERBO
4.0 out of 5 stars Intersting read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 26, 2017
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
darula
5.0 out of 5 stars Very highly recommended.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 5, 2016
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
Pages with related products. See and discover other items: engineering design biography, the best inventions, non-fiction historical books