Presently on the NY Times bestsellers list, I received this volume as a gift. This well written and illustrated biography will acquaint readers with the dogged work ethic, attention to detail, study habits and the step by stumbled-step of Wilbur and Orville attempting to do what was then impossible. They read everything they could get their hands on - Lilienthal, Langley, Chanute...they spent countless hours watching all manner of birds manuevre. They never doubted that they could build a light enough machine to fly - what consumed them was how to control it...and, not insignificantly, learn to fly it. Many gliders, crashes, injuries, repairs and experiments later, they did it. Almost no one cared (or really believed them). Kitty Hawk was about as remote as Antarctica in 1903. The story becomes much more interesting in the second half of the book, when Wilbur goes to Paris and single-handedly demonstrates the machine to the French. Then it happened. The world knew. The Wright Brothers were rock stars. I enjoyed it.