Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air

Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air

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By (author) Richard Holmes, Read by Gildart Jackson

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  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 150mm x 38mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 29 October 2013
  • ISBN 10: 1482930331
  • ISBN 13: 9781482930337
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,784,876

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This story of aviation moves from the early Anglo-French balloon rivalries and the crazy firework flights of Sophie Blanchard to the astonishing long-distance voyages of American entrepreneur John Wise and French photographer Felix Nadar and to the terrifying high-altitude flights of James Glaisher, FRS, who helped establish the science of meteorology and the notion of a "fragile" planet. Readers will discover the many writers and dreamersfrom Mary Shelley to Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens to Jules Vernewho felt the imaginative impact of flight and allowed it to soar in their work. This is a subtle portrait of human endeavor, recklessness, and vision.

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