Lawrence Goldstone: "Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, And The Battle To Control The Skies"

Glenn Curtiss and Theodor Ellyson at the controls of an A1 - "Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies."

Glenn Curtiss and Theodor Ellyson at the controls of an A1

"Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies."

Lawrence Goldstone: "Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, And The Battle To Control The Skies"

Lawrence Goldstone, the author of a new book on the Wright Brothers, says the mens' fixation on prestige and protecting their patent not only hurt them, it threatened to derail the development of aviation across the country. Goldstone joins guest host Susan Page to discuss “Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies."

When the Wright Brothers took flight in 1903, Wilbur and Orville managed to solve a mystery that had stumped the world’s great minds for centuries. And in making that flight, the Wrights became the pioneers of what would be a remarkable period in the development of aviation technology. But instead of staying on the cutting edge, the brothers – particularly Wilbur — were obsessed with prestige and protecting their patent. Lawrence Goldstone, the author of the new book on the Wrights, says that fixation not only hurt the brothers. It threatened to derail the development of aviation across the country. Lawrence Goldstone joins guest host Susan Page to discuss “Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies."

Guests

Lawrence Goldstone

author, "Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies". He is the author or co-author of fourteen books of fiction and nonfiction.

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Excerpted from "Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies." © Lawrence Goldstone, 2014. Courtesy of Random House. All Rights Reserved.

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