Falling Upwards

Falling Upwards

How We Took to the Air

eBook - 2013
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Falling Upwards tells the story of the enigmatic group of men and women who first risked their lives to take to the air, and so discovered a new dimension of human experience. Why they did it, what their contemporaries thought of them, and how their flights revealed the secrets of our planet in wholly unexpected ways is its subject.-- Publisher's description.
Publisher: 2013
New York :, Pantheon Books,, [2013]
Copyright Date: 2013
ISBN: 9780307908704
0307908704
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Contents: Voices overhead
The falling dream
Fiery prospects
Airy kingdoms
Angel's eye
Wild west wind
Spies in the sky
Gigantic voyages
Vertical explorations
Mariners of the upper atmosphere
Paris airborne
Extreme balloons
Epilogue
Classic balloon accounts.
Summary: Falling Upwards tells the story of the enigmatic group of men and women who first risked their lives to take to the air, and so discovered a new dimension of human experience. Why they did it, what their contemporaries thought of them, and how their flights revealed the secrets of our planet in wholly unexpected ways is its subject.-- Publisher's description.

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fred98115
Sep 12, 2017

Historical and sociological view of the development of ballooning that ends with the story of failed Arctic expeditions. Bottom line: Somewhat tedious writing and a bit of a snoozer.

SB2000 Sep 11, 2013

The fascinating story of humankind's first foray into the air in balloons. Extraordinary adventures - quite incredible bravery - are detailed about the men and women who pioneered flight in little more than silk and wicker. In the process, they changed the way we viewed travel, humanity and the world itself. The story of the balloon influenced science, literature, communications, warfare, art and photography and had a fundamental impact on the human imagination. Written in an engaging and lyrical style, Falling Upwards focuses on the human side of these adventures rather than the technical - though there is enough in here to satisfy the armchair aeronaut.

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