The Men Who Gave Us Wings: Britain and the Aeroplane 1796-1914 by Peter Reese (Hardback, 2014)

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Why did the British, then the leading nation in science and technology, fall far behind in the race to develop the aeroplane before the First World War?. Peter Reese, in this highly readable and highly illustrated account, delves into the fascinating early history of aviation as he describes what happened and why.