Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air ePUB ¸


Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air This is a thoroughly researched account of the historical events that took mankind into the air The oceans and the land had been and were being explored The sky was the last pioneering frontier Richard Holmes has lovingly written an entertaining journey into the origins of successful flight A balloonist himself, he describes the venture as the mental release, the physical heart lift, and the calm perilous descent Ballooning has involved adventure and expectations ranging from science, war, exploration, travel steering a hazard , communication and even an air rescue operation in Paris The bravado of the early exponents exposed to the unknown effects of altitude and destination are delineated with both tragic and humorous undertones.From the first cross channel success in 1785 to the first non stop round the world flight in 1999, the author fills in the gaps Ballooning from it s advent and intent is now largely a leisure industry not withstanding the enthusiasts The author states that this book is not really about balloons at all It is about what balloons gave rise to The spirit of adventure and the romanticism that authors and film makers have developed is vivid as the dream like description of the exhilaration of looking down on the ground below Not for my head for heights, but clearly popular.A wonderful book, lavishly illustrated and a joy to possess and to read again and again. Quick delivery very pleased with goods absolutely amazing book As the author, Richard Holmes, says in the epilogue this book is not a conventional history of ballooning It is instead about the spirit of discovey itself and the extraordinary human drama it produces And there is human drama here aplently I found the stories of the balloon enabled airlift of Paris, when the city was besieged by the Prussian army in 1870, and the brave or possibly foolhardy attempt to balloon to the North Pole carried out by the Swedish team led by Saloman Andree in 1847, particularly moving and fascinating.The ballooning tales described here include some of the first flights, altitude records, long distance travel, and the military use of balloons in the American Civil War.I have never ballooned before but this book has made me want to enjoy that experience as soon as possible but hopefully with much less drama than is recounted in these fascinating pages. Thoroughly enjoyable Richard Holmes writes in a accessible and entertaining style and has a great eye for anecdote, characterisation and drama without sacrificing anything with regard to historical rigour Each chapter tells a different gripping story, with my favourite being the use of balloons to break the siege of Paris in 1870 71 A great read. Bought as a present, no complaints, so must be OK thanks B H. An absolutely spot on book about the extraordinary history of ballooning brilliantly develops a theme started in The Age of Wonder This is an important historical work on a very significant subject. Nominally a history of the hot air balloon, Falling Upwards is really a history of hope and fantasy and the quixotic characters who disobeyed that most fundamental laws of physics and gave humans flight New Republic, Best Books of CHOSEN AS BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR IN Guardian New Statesman Daily Telegraph New Republic TIME MagazineTop Nonfiction Books ofThe New Republic Best Books ofKirkus Best Books of the YearFrom ambitious scientists rising above the clouds to test the air, to brave generals floating over enemy lines to watch troop movements, this wonderful book offers a seamless fusion of history, art, science, biography and the metaphysics of flight It is a masterly portrait of human endeavour, recklessness, vision and hopeIn this heart lifting book, Richard Holmes, author of the best selling The Age of Wonder, follows the daring and enigmatic men and women who risked their lives to take to the air or fall into the sky Why they did it, what their contemporaries thought of them, and how their flights revealed the secrets of our planet is a compelling adventure that only Holmes could tellIt is not a conventional history of ballooning In a sense it is not really about balloons at all It is about what balloons gave rise to It is about the spirit of discovery itself and the extraordinary human drama it producesFrom the dramatic and exhilarating early Anglo French balloon rivalries, the crazy firework flights of the beautiful Sophie Blanchard, the long distance voyages of the American entrepreneur John Wise and French photographer Felix Nadar to the balloons used to observe the horrors of modern battle during the Civil War including a flight taken by George Armstrong Custer the legendary tale of at least sixty seven manned balloons that escaped from Paris the first successful civilian airlift in history during the Prussian siege of the high altitude exploits of James Glaisher who rose seven miles above the earth without oxygen, helping to establish the new science of meteorology and how Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, and Jules Verne felt the imaginative impact of flight and allowed it to soar in their work

  • Audio CD
  • Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air
  • Richard Holmes
  • 15 September 2019
  • 0007476515

About the Author: Richard Holmes

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