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New book details the triumphs and hubris of Wright brothers

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The Wright brothers live in our minds as American icons . . . and what do we really know about them?

Long Island author Lawrence Goldstone has written a new book about their genius and their missteps. They solved a problem that had stumped great minds for millenia, yet their secretiveness and obsession with their competitors—particularly the greatly innovative, and now little-known Glenn Curtiss—resigned them to be business has-beens.

WSHU's Mark Herz talked to Goldstone about his book, Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies.