Robert Macfarlane: The men who invented flight, 5 February 2004
Show More First to Fly: The Unlikely Triumph of Wilbur and Orville Wright by James Tobin.
Murray, 431 pp., £9.99, November 2003, 0 7195 5738 0Show More
The Wright Brothers: The Aviation Pioneers who Changed the World by Ian Mackersey.
Little, Brown, 554 pp., £20, October 2003, 0 316 86144 8Show More
Wings of Madness: Alberto Santos-Dumont and the Invention of Flight by Paul Hoffman.
Fourth Estate, 369 pp., £18.99, June 2003, 1 84115 368 0Show More
Taking Flight: Inventing the Aerial Age from Antiquity to the First World War by Richard Hallion.
Oxford, 531 pp., £20, September 2003, 0 19 516035 5Show More
“... The Wright Brothers were heavily researched even before the recent centenary. In his preface, Ian Mackersey mentions that there are more than a hundred other books on them, and a host of ancillary volumes ‘affectionately devoted to such specifics as their bicycle business, the life of their mechanic . . . and the recipes of the meals they ...”