Falling Upwards

Falling Upwards

How We Took to the Air

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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.-- ǂc Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2013]
Edition: First United States edition
Copyright Date: ♭2013
ISBN: 9780307379665
0307379663
Branch Call Number: 387.73209 H738F 2013
Characteristics: xii, 404 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm

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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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