Amazing Early Reviews for Wright Brothers Wrong Story

Aug 24, 2018 by

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“Well-researched and fascinating . . . a new portrayal of the Wright brothers’ legacy. . . . 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

“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

“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

“Many of humankind’s greatest achievements are often fraught with perils and problems that get lost in the unfurling of history. This is no exception. The intriguing saga of man’s quest for powered flight—perhaps one of the most significant accomplishments of all time—tells an amazing tale of amazing men accomplishing truly amazing things. But be prepared to be surprised. The story of what the Wright brothers did on Kill Devil Hill at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina at the turn of the last century not only opened new chapters in the history of the human race but also is filled with drama and tension beyond your wildest imaginings. Impeccably researched and absorbingly written, William Hazelgrove’s book is a must-read. I could not put it down.”

—Lionel Friedberg, New York Times–bestselling author and Emmy Award–winning cinematographer

“Hazelgrove applies a novelist’s narrative flair to aviation’s greatest saga. As if ‘merely’ conquering the air were not enough, the story involves dreams, ambition, technology, tragedy, suspicion, and deceit. Wright Brothers, Wrong Story challenges the traditional view—that Wilbur and Orville were equal partners—in a provocative and colorful dramatized history.”

—Michael Oakey, managing editor of the Aviation Historian

“I have, in general, not been a fan of the Wright brothers, mainly because their actions after the December 17, 1903, flights did a lot to suppress American aircraft development rather than expand it. However, Wright Brothers, Wrong Story is a brilliant work of research that tells their story much better than other books I have read about the Wrights. It is a valuable reference for those seeking the detailed truth of their historic work. Hazelgrove’s description of the Flyer’s flight tests clearly note that it was only the fourth flight, which lasted 59 seconds, that allowed them to claim ‘sustained, controlled flight.’ Nearly all other references mention only their first hop, which ended in a crash.”

—Burt Rutan, founder of two aircraft research companies and developer of the only nongovernment manned space-flight system

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