Designed to convey the awe of a visitor first walking into the world's largest showplace of aviation history, this "Autobiography" headlines the incredible collections, both on view and behind the scenes, of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The official story and insiders' tales of the museum are shared by its curators, the people who know it best. Spectacular photography and fascinating backstage glimpses show off the jaw-dropping collection, including well-known and beloved artifacts like Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis" and the Apollo 11 command module, as well as rare treasures not displayed to the public. For aircraft and spaceflight enthusiasts, for readers interested in science and technology, and for all who admire the civil and military legacy of aviation, "Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: An Autobiography" will be a welcome adventure.
About the Author
Michael J. Neufeld is chair of the Space History Division of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Born and raised in Canada, he received his doctorate in history from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. His second book, "The Rocket and the Reich: Peenemunde and the Coming of the Ballistic Missile Era," won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics History Manuscript Award and the Society for the History of Technology Dexter Prize. He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.
“Informative as this work's text is, visuals are its preeminent value: with about 700 color and black-and-white photographs, it will absorb aviation browsers and could well incite pilgrimages to the museum.” --Booklist
“The most popular museum in the U.S. has a pedigree in flight extending back to the Civil War’s observation balloons, a history this volume celebrates.” –Booklist