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  1. Wings: A History of Aviation from Kites to the Space Age
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  2. Wings: A History of Aviation from Kites to the Space Age

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This book tells the history of the birth and development of human flight - the technology that defined the 20th century. Tom Crouch weaves the people, machines and ideas of the air age into a compelling narrative and shows how this extraordinary dream was realized. He tells how the enthusiasm of amateurs spawned an industry that determined the rise and fall of nations. Whatever the pracical consequences, the sheer exhilaration of flight captured the imagination.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Quick disclaimer: While reading Wings, I sensed that its release was timed to generally coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' flight (for many, the real origin of aviation as we know it). There are about a dozen or so typos and/or other generally minor mistakes which, to me, indicate a less than thorough proof-reading or editing job--perhaps in a rush to get the book to the printers. While the errors are not show-stoppers in and of themselves, they do take the polish off a bit of an otherwise fine book. I hope a second edition will catch them. Even with these, however, I feel I can state that this is the book I've always wanted but didn't realize it, put out by one of my favorite publishing houses to boot (W.W. Norton; I'm an O'Brian fan as well).
Aviation buffs have always had their favorite aircraft, be they air superiority fighters or superior air freighters, but this book deals with them all, in a style readable for the generalist as well as the... Read more
Good book, happy to find itl hubby was pleased with his gift. Always glad to find aviation books in the bargain section. Well documented with chapter notes.
I loves airplanes. I started this book by getting it from the library, but couldn't get enough of it, so I had to buy it!
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