Popular historian David McCullough has written a new book about Wilbur and Orville Wright called The Wright Brothers. In it he emphasizes the brothers’ broad range of knowledge despite the fact that they never graduated from high school. He praises their intellect, their tenacity, courage, and the meticulous record-keeping that shows beyond doubt that they were the first men to actually fly a heavier-than-air machine.
But he doesn’t just write about their accomplishments. He also writes about their character and the influence that members of their family and the place and time in which they lived had on building their character.
The library’s databases have extensive information on the Wright brothers including biographical sketches, primary source accounts (one written by one of their rival experimenters, Octave Chanute in 1908; one Wilbur's own diary entry from the day of the famous flight) as well as the scientific problems that they had to overcome in order to change the very way we look at ourselves as beings on the earth.