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The Wright Brothers. By David McCullough.

THE journey from nutter to genius can be short. For Wilbur and Orville Wright, inventors of the aeroplane, it took just 12 seconds. In 1903 their 605-pound (274-kilo) contraption, dubbed the “Flyer”, lifted off the sand dunes of North Carolina and stayed aloft just long enough to make history. …

The Wrights broke through against great odds, as David McCullough recounts in this enjoyable, fast-paced tale.

Read the story in The Economist.