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The First Twelve Seconds
Feb. 4, 2017
William Hazelgrove
Non-fiction: Narrative
The First Twelve Seconds, to be penned by William Hazelgrove author of Madame President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson which has been optioned for a feature-length movie (http://fw.to/ixy1ASY), covers the Kitty Hawk years from 1900 to 1903, when the Wright brothers went to find the secret of flight four distinct times to emerge at the end with the first twelve seconds of flight under their belt. It was a time in which the Wright Brothers solved the problem of flight and can give us clues as to who these men were and the effect of going to the ends of the earth four times to come out with the Gordian Knot of flight solved.

No author has focused on these dramatic years exclusively and no one has really gotten under the legend and the façade of the Wright Brothers. David McCullough’s latest effort The Wright Brothers created more questions than answers. He simply gave the standard story of the Wright Brothers conquering flight. There seems to be no flesh and blood to these two men who were high school dropouts and bicycle mechanics before they became the inventors of manned flight. It would seem they walked onto the pages of history and made a plane fly and then disappeared.

Think of the moment. The United States was facing down the track of her greatest century. The American Century was cued up and Henry Ford, Teddy Roosevelt, and two bicycle mechanics were all taking their place to launch the country into the stratosphere. It was all in front of them and these two men who labored in a tent and a shed in the windswept dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina would change the world forever. It is romantic, it is amazing, but more than that it is where the key to this discovery of flight lies. The three years the Wright Brothers traveled to and lived in Kitty Hawk have been glossed over by many historians but it is here where the biography of the Wright Brothers should begin and end. As Wilbur would later say, “Kitty Hawk was the happiest time of our life.” That happiness comes from the answers found in the lonely wind-blown dunes of a remote fishing village that would live in infamy.

William Elliott Hazelgrove has a Masters in History and is the best-selling author of ten novels, Ripples, (Pantonne Press) Tobacco Sticks (Bantam) Mica Highways, (Bantam) Rocket Man, (Koehler Books) The Pitcher, (Koehler Books) Real Santa, (Koehler Books) Jackpine, (Koehler Books) The Pitcher 2 and the forthcoming The Bad Author and My Best Year and two narrative nonfiction books, Madame President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson ( http://fw.to/ixy1ASY) and How the West Created Teddy Roosevelt. His books have hit the National Bestseller List, received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist, Book of the Month Selections, Junior Library Guild Selections, ALA Editor’s Choice Awards, three of which have been optioned for the movies. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer-in- Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway's birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today and other publications. He has been the subject of interviews in NPR's All Things Considered along with features in The New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Richmond Times Dispatch, USA Today, People, Channel 11, NBC, WBEZ, WGN. He runs a political cultural blog, The View from Hemingway's Attic. http://www.williamhazelgrove.com
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Leticia Gomez
Savvy Literary Services
phone: 281-465-0119
3 Griffin Hill Ct., The Woodlands, TX 77382
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