Locomotive to Aeromotive

Locomotive to Aeromotive : Octave Chanute and the Transportation Revolution

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French-born and self-trained civil engineer Octave Chanute designed America's two largest stockyards, created innovative and influential structures such as the Kansas City Bridge over the previously "unbridgeable" Missouri River, and was a passionate aviation pioneer whose collaborative approach to aeronautical engineering problems helped the Wright brothers take flight. Drawing on a rich trove of archival material and exclusive family sources, Locomotive to Aeromotive is the first detailed examination of Chanute's life and his immeasurable contributions to the fields of engineering and transportation, from the ground transportation revolution of the mid-nineteenth century to the early days of aviation. Aviation researcher and historian Simine Short brings to light in colorful detail many previously overlooked facets of Chanute's life, in both his professional accomplishments and his personal relationships. Through the reflections of other engineers, scientists and pioneers in various fields who knew him, Short characterizes Chanute as a man who believed in fostering and supporting people who were willing to learn. This well-researched biography cements Chanute's place as a preeminent engineer, pioneer, and mentor in the history of transportation in the United States and the development of the airplane.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 162.56 x 238.76 x 30.48mm | 725.74g
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 67 b&w photographs, 5 maps, 2 tables
  • 025203631X
  • 9780252036316
  • 1,560,711

Table of contents

Introduction by Tom D. Crouch: Octave Chanute and "The Course of Human Progress" Prologue Book 1 The Formative Years; Book 2 The University of Experience, Starting an Engineering Career; Book 3 Opening The West; Book 4 At the Top; Book 5 Self Realization; Book 6 Preserving Timber, Business Owner and Consulting Engineer; Book 7 From the Locomotive to the Aeromotive; Book 8 Encouraging Progress in Flying Machines Acknowledgments; Endnotes and References; Index
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"We have waited a long time for a solid biography of Octave Chanute. Simine Short has given us a book worth waiting for. She succeeds in situating the details of Chanute's long life and extraordinary career squarely in the context of his time."--from the foreword by Tom D. Crouch, senior curator of aeronautics, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution "As the first detailed biography of civil engineer and aeronautic pioneer Octave Chanute, this book fills a gap in the existing literature and is suitable for both the lay reader and the expert."--Anthony M. Springer, editor of Aerospace Design: Aircraft, Spacecraft, and the Art of Modern Flight With this book, Simine Short has done us all a great service. Locomotive to Aeromotive is a well written, serious work with an attention to detail that will appeal to historians."--Technical Soaring

"An impressive, truly significant addition to the field of engineering and aeronautical history. Simine Short shows how Octave Chanute's personality and method of problem-solving enabled him to make meaningful contributions in diverse fields such as railroad and bridge engineering, stockyard design, and the early phase of aviation." --Robert W. Jackson, licensed glider pilot and author of Rails across the Mississippi: A History of the St. Louis Bridge "Simine Short has brought a worthy addition to the corpus of aviation literature continuing to come from the United States."--The Aerospace Professional

"Simine Short has written the first full biography of Chanute, and has done a remarkable job."--Technology and Culture "An important biography of an extraordinary man. Highly recommended."--Choice "An amazing trip back in time - to the time of steam ships and steam locomotives."--Soaring "Exhaustively researched and persuasively argued, Short's biography of Chanute fills a long-lamented void in civil engineering and early flight historiography."--Library Journal "A fascinating, detailed, and intimate portrait of an engineering giant."--Civil Engineering
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About Simine Short

Simine Short is an aviation historian who has researched and written extensively on the history of motorless flight. Her first book, Glider Mail: An Aerophilatelic Handbook, received numerous research awards worldwide and is considered a standard reference by aerophilatelists and aviation researchers. She lives with her husband outside Chicago, Illinois.
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