A History of Aviation from Kites to the Space Age
By (author) Tom D. Crouch
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Wings by Tom D. Crouch
Book DescriptionThe invention of the airplane ushered in the modern age-a new era of global commerce, revolutionary technologies, and total war. Whatever the practical consequences, the sheer exhilaration of flight captured the imagination. No longer bound to the surface of the earth, humans took the first steps on a journey that would eventually carry them to other worlds. Tom Crouch weaves the people, machines, and ideas of the air age into a compelling narrative. He tells how the enthusiasm of amateurs spawned an industry that determined the rise and fall of nations. Yet this is not a tale of unalloyed progress. Moments of exaltation were tempered by bitter disappointment and stark terror. Blind alleys were the price of technical progress. In the end, there is no more fascinating cast of characters than those who wrote history in the sky. Theirs is a fascinating story of realizing an extraordinary dream and riding it.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393326208
(234mm x 155mm x 33mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 5-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Tom D. Crouch
Lighter Than Air, Hardback (February 2009)
Crouch, Lighter Than Air brings to life the color and excitement of buoyant flight.
NASA/ART, Hardback (October 2008)
NASA is special among agencies of the United States government in that its mission - to explore space - is to be constantly probing into the unknown. This book offers a selection and stands as a record of the impact of space exploration on the artistic imagination.
Dream of Wings, Paperback (April 2002)» View all books by Tom D. Crouch
The story of a handful of talented American engineers and adventurers who labored to conquer gravity in a flying machine.
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Author Biography - Tom D. Crouch
Tom D. Crouch, author of The Bishop's Boys and A Dream of Wings, is senior curator of the aeronautics division at the National Air & Space Museum. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia.
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