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Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air

de Richard Holmes

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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.--… (més)
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Watching the recent movie Aeronauts reminded me that this volume had been sitting on the shelf for a few years. It turned out to be an excellent review of the first 150 years of manned flight in balloons, and highlighted the source of the many highly-fictionalized events from the movie. But it’s far more than a simple history of pioneering balloon flights; it’s more a consideration on what those early flights opened up in terms of science, art, and even the way that humans started to perceive the planet from a sociological and political perspective. ( )
  gothamajp | Apr 24, 2020 |
An interesting history prose book written by a poet. Which sometimes doesn't work in favor the book as a whole, but in other places makes what could be uninteresting facts into something more interesting.

The overall book does help capture some of the feeling and spirit of the early ballooning days, or (since I wasn't there) makes one believe that it captures that spirit.

Ultimately I would not recommend this if you aren't interested in early aviation, as it is not that phenomenal. But it is pretty good and with just a little interest, it's worth the read. ( )
  Skybalon | Mar 19, 2020 |
A sort-of history of ballooning told in Holmes' trademark vignette style, and excellently so. Deeply enjoyable. ( )
1 vota JBD1 | Aug 5, 2019 |
Fascinating, exciting, romantic, tragic. Excellently written, and includes fascinating bits about the literature of ballooning. Even Babar gets a mention. ( )
  themulhern | Mar 23, 2019 |
Fun, interesting read about something I knew next to nothing about. The history and science behind ballooning was not something that had ever crossed my mind or desk before so I went into this with any open mind. I really enjoyed learning about ballooning, who did what first, and why ballooning is now something to play with, not real serious stuff. The people who first fell upwards were interesting people with dreams of flight. Of course we now know that lighter-than-air travel is not the best but with that science they had it was the best course. Not all stories end in happiness and flight. Many of the people who tried to use balloons for travel ended up dead. But it is the dream of flight that matters. The dream of being carried away with the clouds that pulls both the ballooners and the reader. Holmes is a good writer with passion for his topic. Add in good research and foot notes, you get a very well written and interesting story.

I give this book a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library. ( )
  lrainey | May 25, 2016 |
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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.--

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