Wings of Madness: Alberto Santos-Dumont and the Invention of Flight (Hardback)
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Short Description for Wings of Madness From the author of the acclaimed "The Man Who Loved Only Numbers" comes a book that is at once the biography of an eccentric Brazilian aviator, Alberto Santos-Dumont, and the story of the thrilling early days of flight. 16-page photo insert.
- Published: 11 June 2003
- Format: Hardback 369 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780786866595 ISBN 10: 0786866594
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Full description for Wings of Madness
n the eve of the centennial of the Wright brothers' historic flights at Kitty Hawk, a new generation will learn about the other man who was once hailed worldwide as the conqueror of the air-Alberto Santos-Dumont. Because the Wright brothers worked in secrecy, word of their first flights had not reached Europe when Santos-Dumont took to the skies in 1906. The dashing, impeccably dressed inventor entertained Paris with his airborne antics-barhopping in a little dirigible that he tied to lampposts, circling above crowds around the Eiffel Tower, and crashing into rooftops. A man celebrated, even pursued by the press in Paris, London, and New York, Santos-Dumont dined regularly with the Cartiers, the Rothschilds, and the Roosevelts. But beneath his lively public exterior, Santos-Dumont was a frenzied genius tortured by the weight of his own creation. Wings of Madness chronicles the science and history of early aviation and offers a fascinating glimpse into the mind of an extraordinary and tormented man, vividly depicting the sights and sounds of turn-of-the-century Paris. It is a book that will do for aviation what The Man Who Loved Only Numbers did for mathematics.