The Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers


The #1 New York Times bestseller from David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize—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 brothers—bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio—changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe that the age of flight had begun, with the first powered machine carrying a pilot.

Orville and Wilbur Wright were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity. 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 and little money 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, they risked being killed.

In this “enjoyable, fast-paced tale” (The Economist), master historian David McCullough “shows as never before how two Ohio boys from a remarkable family taught the world to fly” (The Washington Post) and “captures the marvel of what the Wrights accomplished” (The Wall Street Journal). He draws on the extensive Wright family papers to profile not only the brothers but their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them. Essential reading, this is “a story of timeless importance, told with uncommon empathy and fluency…about what might be the most astonishing feat mankind has ever accomplished…The Wright Brothers soars” (The New York Times Book Review).

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  • WrightBrothers 01 Title
    Duration: 40s
  • WrightBrothers 02 Prologue
    Duration: 01min
  • WrightBrothers 03 Part1Ch1
    Duration: 52min
  • WrightBrothers 04 Ch2
    Duration: 36min
  • WrightBrothers 05 Ch3
    Duration: 49min
  • WrightBrothers 06 Ch4
    Duration: 40min
  • WrightBrothers 07 Part2Ch5
    Duration: 57min
  • WrightBrothers 08 Ch6
    Duration: 50min
  • WrightBrothers 09 Ch7
    Duration: 57min
  • WrightBrothers 10 Ch8
    Duration: 01h01min
  • WrightBrothers 11 Part3Ch9
    Duration: 51min
  • WrightBrothers 12 Ch10
    Duration: 55min
  • WrightBrothers 13 Ch11
    Duration: 01h05min
  • WrightBrothers 14 Epilogue
    Duration: 19min
  • WrightBrothers 15 Credits
    Duration: 01min