Incredible Early Reviews of Wright Brothers Wrong Story

Aug 21, 2018 by

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“By far the best published work on the Wright brothers’ personal and professional lives. Thought-provoking and controversial in highlighting Wilbur’s brilliance in aeronautics and showing how he clearly overshadowed his brother’s contribution to manned flight. A must-read for academics and those interested in aviation history.”

—Alan C. Carey, author of We Flew Alone: Men and Missions of the United States Navy’s B-24 Liberator Squadrons

“William Hazelgrove’s well-researched and fascinating Wright Brothers, Wrong Story delivers a new portrayal of the Wright brothers’ legacy. The title provides a strong clue that there is more to the Wright brothers than history notes. For example, it was Wilbur, not Orville, who discovered the secret of controlled flight.

There was only one official biography, and its author did not have access to family letters and papers, or the correspondence between Wilbur and engineer Octave Chanute that goes to the very heart of the invention of the airplane. That biography has until now has been the standard for all information on the Wright brothers. It was written in 1943, thirty years after Wilbur had died, and it was heavily edited by Orville, who was allowed to shape the events in any way he wanted.

Combing through original archives and family letters, Hazelgrove reveals the differences in the brothers’ personalities and abilities, and how the myth of the Wright brothers was born. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in the early days of flight.”

—Henry M. Holden, author of 50-Years of Human Space Flight and aviation historian

“This is an excellent retelling of an American myth. The author manages to turn Wilbur and Orville Wright, two legendary figures in American history, into living, breathing individuals. It is not only a first-rate dual biography but also a study of how myths and legends are created, and how facts can be turned inside out by different writers with different points of view. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.”

—David Alan Johnson, author of The Last Weeks of Abraham Lincoln

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