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The Balloonist: The Story of T. S. C. Lowe---Inventor, Scientist, Magician, and Father of the U.S. Air Force [Hardcover]

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Thaddeus Sobieski Coulincourt Lowe (1823-1913) was called by Carl Sandburg "the most shot-at man of the Civil War." A flamboyant showman, dedicated scientist, and starry-eyed dreamer, Lowe, soon after the outbreak of the Civil War, went to the federal government with a view to convincing the authorities in the use of balloons for observation purposes. He eventually was made chief of the aeronautic department and rendered valuable service to the Army of the Potomac during the war. Hovering over the battlefield, observing the action from his hot-air balloon, Lowe is considered by many to be the founder of the U.S. Air Force. Besides aeronautics, Lowe also made contributions in the fields of meteorology, cartography, military science, aerial photography,metallurgy, and railroading. This is the story of Lowe's struggle, trials and tribulations, and sheer perseverance in promoting the interest of science.

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Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 6.6" Height: 1.5"
Weight:   2.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 28, 2007
Publisher   Frederic C Beil
ISBN  1929490275  
ISBN13  9781929490271  

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More About Stephen Poleskie

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! An artist and writer, Stephen Poleskie is a graduate of Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and has been a visiting lecturer at twenty-six colleges and art schools in the United States and abroad. He now is professor emeritus at Cornell University and resides with his wife in Ithaca, New York. York. York. York. York. York. York. York.

Stephen Poleskie currently resides in Ithaca. Stephen Poleskie was born in 1938.

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An exciting flight into history  Aug 8, 2007
I love a good biographical novel ... And this is it! They bring history and personalities to life in a way a traditional history book is unable to do. Stephen Poleskie, in his first novel, "The Balloonist," shows a great affinity for the genre'.

Convincingly bringing history to life on the page is an art. Done well, the reader enjoys a great story, and learns something as well. Poleskie's grasp of the history and minutiae of the Civil War period shows he has done his research thouroughly.

"The Balloonist" tells the life story of Professor Thaddeus Lowe, a dynamic and significant personality in American history. Yet, he is unknown to most people, even though his accomplishments and inventions touch our lives today. The book centers on Lowe's innovative tenure as the founder of the United States Balloon Corps during the American Civil War.

His story is presented in such a way that the general reader can learn something about the Civil War while enjoying a fascinating and well paced story. The reader, well versed in the topic, can enrich their knowledge about this little known, but historically significant facet of America's greatest conflict. Both will finish the book and be thankful for a good read, and hopeful that Stephen Poleskie is busy at his keyboard crafting his next book.
New heights in literature  Jun 28, 2007
THE BALLOONIST is a grand accomplishment by the already famed author and pilot Steve Poleskie! It's a rare occasion, when one can read a novel, and be so entertained and enthralled, yet also so educated in an important part of American history unknown to most of us. Poleskie's extensive knowledge of aviation acquired from years of piloting countless varieties of aircraft from Queen Airs to aerobatic Pitts makes him one of the few truly qualified to write of aviation, bringing the reader a true sense of how flight affects the heart and soul. This is a book that belongs in every library--public and private, a true timeless literary treasure.
Nino Lama, Esq.

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