Falling Upwards

Falling Upwards

How We Took to the Air

Book - 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: New York : Pantheon Books, [2013]
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9780307379665
Call Number: 387.732 H738f
Characteristics: xii, 404 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: How we took to the air


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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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Nov 15, 2019

“But it should be clear by now that this book is not a conventional history of ballooning. In a sense, it is not really about balloons at all. It is about what balloons give rise to. It is about the spirit of discovery itself, the extraordinary human drama it produces; and to this there is no end.”


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