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The Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers

作者 : David McCullough

作者 : 大衛.麥卡勒

出版社 : SIMON & SCHUSTER INC.

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定價 : NT 595

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教會人類如何飛翔的萊特兄弟的精彩人生故事

來自美國俄亥俄州的一對無名兄弟,沒有人脈或足夠資金,也未受過完整教育,憑著勇氣、毅力、廣泛的興趣與無止盡的好奇心,1903年創下在天空中飛翔的壯舉,改變了歷史。兩屆普立茲獎得主大衛.麥卡勒,參考萊特兄弟留下的豐富史料,不僅側寫他們的傳奇故事,也提到妹妹凱薩琳的陪伴與協助的重要性,將萊特兄弟充滿人性的一面,呈現在讀者眼前。

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「以少見的同理心與流暢性,訴說一個擁有永恆重要性的故事……一個關於人類歷史上最驚人創舉的美好故事。」--《紐約時報》書評

「麥卡勒以一貫溫暖、喚起人心的散文,撰寫了引人入勝的故事。他描寫飛行誕生的過程,以及美國創新的黃金時代裡,單純的創造力。」--《出版者周刊》(Publishers Weekly)

兩屆普立茲獎與美國國家圖書獎得主大衛.麥卡勒(David McCullough),推出最新鉅著,講述一對教了世界如何飛行的勇敢兄弟奧維爾.萊特(Orville Wright)與威爾伯.萊特(Wilbur Wright)的驚人故事。

1903年冬天,在北卡羅來納州的外灘群島(Outer Banks),兩個來自俄亥俄州的無名兄弟,改變了歷史。但世界要相信他們的創舉,還要一些時間:飛行的時代才剛開始,而在比空氣重、以機力操縱的機器上,載運飛行員,也才剛起步。

這兩個男人是誰?他們如何達成這項創舉?

萊特兄弟並不只是來自於俄亥俄州代頓市(Dayton)未受完整教育的腳踏車技師,碰巧得到成功,而是由不凡勇氣、毅力、廣泛興趣與無止盡好奇心累積而成的結果;他們將其歸功於成長背景。即使在他們所住的房子裡,既沒有電力,也沒有自來水,卻因為牧師父親的關係,使家裡藏書豐富,而他們從未停止閱讀。
當他們兩人一起工作時,任何困難都能獲得解決。威爾伯無庸置疑的,是個天才;而奧維爾擁有少見的機械天份。即使他們從未拿到高中文憑、沒有足夠資金,也沒有與權貴人士的人脈,他們卻從未放棄在天空中飛翔的使命。即使內心深知每一次的試飛,都冒著墜機身亡的風險,也不曾澆熄他們的執著。

在本書中,歷史大師大衛.麥卡勒從萊特兄弟留下的豐富史料,包括日記、筆記本、素描本與家庭信件中,呈現萊特兄弟的傳奇故事中,他們身為人的一面,包括與他們的妹妹凱薩琳(Katharine)的關係。若沒有凱薩琳的陪伴與協助,事情可能會往完全不同的方向發展。

大衛.麥卡勒被譽為當代美國最有影響力的歷史知識傳播者,在通俗歷史與傳記書寫的領域地位崇隆。他以敘事技巧見長,加上處理史料嚴謹,著作本本叫好且叫座。麥卡勒兩度贏得普立茲獎(1993、2001),並二度獲得美國國家圖書獎(1978、1982)。美國人愛看他的書、愛聽他演講,連老布希、柯林頓和小布希亦曾在白宮熱情款待他,請他在林肯寢室過夜,與他暢談美國歷史與人物。

On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot. Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did? David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the surprising, profoundly human story of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success, they were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing. The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but there were books aplenty, supplied mainly by their preacher father, who encouraged their studying. 

As individuals they had differing skill sets and passions but as a team they excelled in any given task . That they had no more than a public high school education, little money and no patron to open doors to their desires, never stopped them in their goal to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances, they risked being killed, or, at the very least, maimed. In this thrilling book, master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers' story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them.
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