I picked up this book due to the fact that I have read several others by David McCullough and have found them all interesting, well researched and well written. This one did not disappoint. I have not read about the Wright Brothers prior to his novel other than I ran across in my American History classes in high school many, many years ago.
The author did a marvelous job with this biography of Orville and Wilbur Wright and their contributions to the world of flight beyond just being the first which is all most anyone knows about the two. They grew up in Dayton, Ohio and developed their concepts there, but went to North Carolina to conduct their tests. Wilbur was considered a genius and Orville a very talented mechanic. The family was close, with their sister Katharine playing a pivotal role over the years in many ways.
I found it interesting that early on the nations in Europe were more open to working with the brothers than their own country. Eventually, the United States did come around primarily due to the persistence of the brothers in trying to get them to recognize the value of the airplane.
I recommend this biography to anyone who is interested in the early development of flight by the Wright brothers along with learning more about these two talented individuals.