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Over 25,000 copies sold in HB and TPB formatStunning new package for paperback editionRichard was... Read More

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Over 25,000 copies sold in HB and TPB formatStunning new package for paperback editionRichard was the first person ever to cross the Atlantic ocean in a hot-air balloon in 1987, a record-breaking adventure that nearly killed him - discover his take on that experienceRichard's autobiography, Losing My Virginity, was a No. 1 bestseller, selling over two million copies worldwide; Screw It, Let's Do It has sold in excess of 300,000 copies; Business Stripped Bare has sold over 160,000 copies

As far back as stories go, pioneers have reached for the skies. In the last two hundred years, they have mastered the air and made the modern world possible. Today they are bringing outer space within our reach. They're inventors and toymakers, amateurs and adventurers, visionaries, dreamers and, yes, crackpots. Some have called them irresponsible, even dangerous. But Richard Branson has met many of them. He has worked with them, funded them, and flown with them. He admires them, and trusts them, and thinks they and their kind are our future.

In this book Richard Branson looks at the history of flight through the stories and people who have inspired him throughout his life. In these pages you will find tales of miraculous rescues; of records made and broken; of surprising feats of endurance and survival, including some of his own adventures, as well as developments in the future of air travel (and space travel). It is a story of pioneers, and of course it includes the world famous Montgolfiers and the Wright brothers, but he also wants to describe some of the lesser-known trailblazers. People like Tony Jannus, who in 1914 created the first scheduled commercial flight in the world, flying his passengers over the waters of Tampa Bay at an altitude of just fifty feet! The 'bird man' Leo Valentin, who in the 1950s jumped from 9,000 feet with wooden wings attached to his shoulders. And Branson's friend Steve Fossett, who dedicated his life to breaking records and having adventures.

This is their story. It is also, in a small way, his own.

Product Details

Title: Reach for the Skies
Author: Sir Richard Branson
SKU: BK0168080
EAN: 9780753519875
Language: English

About Author

Sir Richard Branson is a global entrepreneur, adventurer and founder of the Virgin Group, one of the world's most recognised and respected brands. He is the international bestselling author of seven books, including the classic Losing My Virginity and the new autobiography Finding My Virginity. He lives on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, is married to Joan, father to Holly and Sam and proud grand-dude to five grandchildren.

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