'A story of timeless importance, told with uncommon empathy and fluency... A story, well told, about what might be the most astonishing feat mankind has ever accomplished... The Wright Brothers soars.'
– Daniel Okrent, New York Times Book Review
'David McCullough has etched a brisk, admiring portrait of the modest, hardworking Ohioans who designed an airplane in their bicycle shop and solved the mystery of flight on the sands of Kitty Hawk, NC. He captures the marvel of what the Wrights accomplished and, just as important, the wonder felt by their contemporaries... Mr McCullough is in his element writing about seemingly ordinary folk steeped in the cardinal American virtues – self-reliance and can-do resourcefulness.'
– Roger Lowenstein, Wall Street Journal
'The nitty-gritty of exactly how [the Wrights] succeeded is told in fascinating detail.'
– Buzzy Jackson, Boston Globe
'Few historians have captured the essence of America – its rise from an agrarian nation to the world's dominant power – like David McCullough... McCullough has defined American icons and revealed new dimensions to stories that long seemed exhausted... An elegant, sweeping look at the two Americans who went where no others had gone before and whose work helped create a national excellence in aviation that continues today.'
– Ray Locker, USA Today
'McCullough’s magical account of [the Wright Brothers'] early adventures – enhanced by volumes of family correspondence, written records and his own deep understanding of the country and the era – shows as never before how two Ohio boys from a remarkable family taught the world to fly.'
– Reeve Lindbergh, Washington Post
'[McCullough] takes the Wrights’ story aloft... Concise, exciting and fact-packed... Mr McCullough presents all this with dignified panache, and with detail so granular you may wonder how it was all collected.'
– Janet Maslin, New York Times
'David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers is a story about two brothers and one incredible moment in American history. But it’s also a story that resonates with anyone who believes deeply in the power of technology to change lives – and the resistance some have to new innovations.'
– Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google
'McCullough vividly re-creates the failures and disappointments as the Wright brothers puzzle out the science of bird- and insect-wing design... [McCullough] continues to deliver high-quality material with familiar facility and grace.'
– Larry Lebowitz, Miami Herald
'An outstanding saga of the lives of two men who left such a giant footprint on our modern age.'
– Booklist (starred review)
'[An] enjoyable, fast-paced tale... A fun, fast ride.'
– The Economist
'[A] fluently rendered, skilfully focused study... An educational and inspiring biography of seminal American innovators.'
– Kirkus Reviews
'McCullough's usual warm, evocative prose makes for an absorbing narrative; he conveys both the drama of the birth of flight and the homespun genius of America's golden age of innovation.'
– Publishers Weekly
'Having twice won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for his best-selling histories and biographies, McCullough is a much-loved dean of Americana, and his new book, a dual biography, has a warm appeal.'
– James Salter, New York Review of Books
'Mr McCullough has gathered detailed information from hundreds of sources to create yet another inspiring American story... Compelling.'
– Thomas W. Schaaf, Sr, Washington Times