I was always fascinated by Zeppelins. I think it was seeing the iconic clip of the Hindenburg disaster so many times when I was young that had me interested in what it must have been like cruising the skies in a great airship. I never really read much about Zeppelins, so most of what I knew about them came from references in books about broader topics or through their depictions in popular culture (my favorite being the underrated film The Rocketeer). Now my curiosity of Zeppelins and the era in which they ruled have been put to bed satisfactorily with Empires of the Sky: Zeppelins, Airplanes, and Two Men’s Epic Duel to Rule the World by Alexander Rose.

About Empires of the Sky by Alexander Rose:

“At the dawn of the twentieth century, when human flight was still considered an impossibility, Germany’s Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin vied with the Wright Brothers to build the world’s first successful flying machine. As the Wrights labored to invent the airplane, Zeppelin fathered the remarkable airship, sparking a bitter rivalry between the two types of aircraft and their innovators that would last for decades, in the quest to control one of humanity’s most inspiring achievements. And it was the airship—not the airplane—that led the way. In the glittery 1920s, the count’s brilliant protégé, Hugo Eckener, achieved undreamed-of feats of daring and skill, including the extraordinary Round-the-World voyage of the Graf Zeppelin.”

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