Tag Archives: technology

eBook Friday: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough:


#1 New York Times bestseller

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot.
Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did?
David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the surprising, profoundly American story of Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success, they were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing. The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but there were books aplenty, supplied mainly by their preacher father, and they never stopped reading.

When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education, little money and no contacts in high places, never stopped them in their “mission” to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances, they risked being killed.

In this thrilling book, master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers’ story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them.


Every Friday, we highlight a title from our collection at
.  Let us know what you think of these selections, and tell us about eBooks you’ve enjoyed – we may feature them here!

Resource of the Month: GCF LearnFree

GCF LearnFreeLooking for opportunities to build your technology skill set — from home, at your own pace, for FREE?  The Goodwill Community Foundation has just the site for you to learn what you want, when it’s important to you!

Visit GCFLearnFree.org to find out how to purchase a computer or to navigate your new iPhone or iPad, or simply to improve typing and mouse skills.  You can also learn programs like Excel and PowerPoint and learn how to use email, Windows 8, and Google more effectively.  No password is required, and you don’t need to set up an account to access the tutorials and videos.  Check out their online classes which result in earning CEUs and a Certificate of Completion at www.gcflearnfree.org/classes.

You can  browse the complete list of available topics here or type in a topic of interest in the search bar at the top of any page.  A search for iPhone, for example, returns tutorials called iPhone Basics, iPhone 5s and 5c, Getting Started, and Syncing Your iPhone.

Note that the site is accessible in both English and Spanish and also offers an array of opportunities for learning basic math, reading, career, and daily life skills.  Let us know what you find useful there!