In the spring of 1908, the Wright brothers prepared for what they thought would be a season of secret flights at Kitty Hawk, the culmination of five years spent perfecting their planes. However, they were soon discovered by a host of reporters and photographers, forcing the brothers to try to outsmart the press and avoid close scrutiny of their flying machine and its prowess. Larry Tise's history details how the brothers were catapulted into unwanted worldwide fame as the international press used cutting-edge technology of their own to report the Wrights' every move.
"Tise—dogged researcher, mesmerizing storyteller, human encyclopedia on Wilbur and Orville Wright—has dug out the moment-to-moment, nearly secretive, details of seven days in May 1908 when the Wright Brothers changed the world. Anyone who loves airplanes will love vicariously experiencing the very beginnings of powered controlled flight."—David Hartman