Dr. Eckener's Dream Machine

Dr. Eckener's Dream Machine

The Great Zeppelin and the Dawn of Air Travel

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
A richly textured and fascinating history of the prosperous age of the zeppelin and the man behind the great airship, Dr. Hugo Eckener, vividly captures this period in time when new technological advancements in communication, transportation, and manufacturing were greatly changing society. 17,500 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
A richly detailed history of the opulent age of the zeppelin and the visionary builder behind the great airship, Dr. Hugo Eckener

It wasn't the airplane that first romanced the public's imagination at the dawn of the twentieth century , but the great airships known as dirigibles, or zeppelins. Championing this great leap into the technological future was a visionary German entrepreneur, Doctor Hugo Eckener.

For Eckener, the development of the airship, especially coming in the aftermath of the First World War, represented an opportunity to shrink the world through safe and speedy international travel. Botting's engrossing story vividly recaptures the spirit of the times, when new technologies in communication, transportation, manufacturing and other areas were revolutionizing society. The great airships were a source of wonder wherever they flew, and Eckener was likened to Christopher Columbus, hailed around the world as the great explorer of his day, not unlike the astronauts would be a few generations later.

From its utitlitarian beginnings in the Great War, the airship reached its apotheosis with the round-the-world flight of the Graf Zeppelin in 1929. Seventeen years after the voyage of the Titanic, this great airship- twice as big and three times as fast as that ill-fated liner-captured the world's attention and seemed to blaze a path to the future. That future, of course, was not to be, as Eckener's dream evaporated soon after, with the destruction of the Hindenburg and the impending success of the airplane.


Book News
Basing his work on the reports and recollections of those who were on board, Botting (a London-based journalist and biographer) re-creates the Graf Zeppelin airship's pioneering round-the-world-flight the first-ever passenger circumnavigation of the globe by air. It's a rich story, he writes, that "takes in many strands of technological endeavor and human derring-do. Almost stirringly romantic, it is a true tale of unusual vision and determined ambition on the part of one man and his dedicated aides to crack the technology and master the expertise of rigid airship flight against all odds (war, disaster, penury, Hitler)." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Holtzbrinck
A richly detailed history of the opulent age of the zeppelin and the visionary builder behind the great airship, Dr. Hugo Eckener

It wasn't the airplane that first romanced the public's imagination at the dawn of the twentieth century , but the great airships known as dirigibles, or zeppelins. Championing this great leap into the technological future was a visionary German entrepreneur, Doctor Hugo Eckener.

For Eckener, the development of the airship, especially coming in the aftermath of the First World War, represented an opportunity to shrink the world through safe and speedy international travel. Botting's engrossing story vividly recaptures the spirit of the times, when new technologies in communication, transportation, manufacturing and other areas were revolutionizing society. The great airships were a source of wonder wherever they flew, and Eckener was likened to Christopher Columbus, hailed around the world as the great explorer of his day, not unlike the astronauts would be a few generations later.

From its utitlitarian beginnings in the Great War, the airship reached its apotheosis with the round-the-world flight of the Graf Zeppelin in 1929. Seventeen years after the voyage of the Titanic, this great airship- twice as big and three times as fast as that ill-fated liner-captured the world's attention and seemed to blaze a path to the future. That future, of course, was not to be, as Eckener's dream evaporated soon after, with the destruction of the Hindenburg and the impending success of the airplane.


Baker
& Taylor

Recounts the story of the creation and development of the zeppelin and their use as passenger craft and to carry out aerial bombings, and the twenty-one-day around-the-world voyage of the Graf Zeppelin.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
Description: xvi, 331 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780805064582
0805064583
Branch Call Number: 629.1332 Bot

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