A character study in the power of perseverance to overcome the impossible and change the course of history.
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A "practical flying machine" is something humankind had dreamt of for thousands of years by the time Wilbur and Orville grew up in the late 1800s. The mechanical genius, ingenuity, dauntlessness and sheer determination they brought to bear towards this dream is staggering. In the hands of master historian David McCullough, their story literally soars. Guided by their strong willed father and the support of their sister, their failures are as fascinating as their ultimate triumph. McCullough delivers a character study in the power of perseverance to overcome the "impossible" and change the course of history forever.