I’m not much of a non-fiction reader. At least, not in comparison to literature. Although I love history and learning about pretty much anything, I find it odd that I’m not drawn more often to historical works and biographies. It wasn’t always so; as a young child/early teen, I devoured biographies, especially ones involving missionaries (they had exciting lives, believe it or not!) and great historical figures. But as I’ve gotten older, I am finding that I pick up biographies and historical books less frequently. That avoidance may have turned a corner, however, since completing David McCullough’s latest book on the Wright Brothers.
Rather than spoil the story by telling you too much of it, let me instead preserve your joy of reading it by telling what you will discover between its pages. Within each crisp page are incredible stories that combine into one great story; there are feats of learning and workmanship, of knowledge acquisition in an era lacking speed in acquiring anything, of a family pulling together, and two brothers who never let their unbelievable (and sometimes ridiculed) dream die. Far from a dry account of history, David McCullough weaves together a story that is every bit as page turning as a novel – and even more so, for this isn’t fiction.
“But it is not really necessary to look too far into the future; we see enough already to be certain that it will be magnificent. Only let us hurry and open the roads.” David McCullough, The Wright Brothers
p.s. I had the privilege of hearing Mr. McCullough lecture two weeks ago on his book, The Greatest Journey. If you have an opportunity to see him in person, please do so! His knowledge of his subject matter is astounding, and his gracious, humble delivery is as refreshing as it is spell-binding.
Until next time…