The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed

John McPhee

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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This is the fascinating story of the dream of a completely new aircraft, a hybrid of the plane and the rigid airship - huge, wingless, moving slowly through the lower sky. John McPhee chronicles the perhaps unfathomable perseverance of the aircraft's sucessive progenitors

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Deltoid Pumpkin Seed, The
IN GREAT SECRECY, on a private airstrip about fifty miles southwest of New York, Aereon 7 got ready to fly. Conditions were good. It was a clear August evening in 1970, humid, but not remarkably so for that time of year near the coastal plain. In dark stands of ash and oak by the field, leaves were not moving. A wind sock, almost half a mile away, hung still; and far beyond that, on the horizon of this flat landscape, stood barracks of the state police, where no activity was discernible, and where the flags of New Jersey and the United States hung without motion from

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"It's a book Leonardo da Vinci would have warmed to, a set of experiments he's have changed." --Paul West, The Washington Post

"What gives [McPhee's] writing its powerful fascination is the strange, raw quality of fact: it all really happened, just the way . . . McPhee watches so intently that the Aereon and its people become real and important to the reader." --Skow, Los Angeles Times

"McPhee has a genius for writing about unusual people whose activities border on the eccentric, and the Aereon project abounded with them. His engrossing account can be read at a sitting." --Donald R. Morris, The Houston Post

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John McPhee

John McPhee was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University. His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1965. Also in 1965, he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are, with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and in the years since, he has written nearly 30 books, including Oranges (1967), Coming into the Country (1977), The Control of Nature (1989), The Founding Fish (2002), Uncommon Carriers (2007), and Silk Parachute (2011). Encounters with the Archdruid (1972) and The Curve of Binding Energy (1974) were nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science. McPhee received the Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters in 1977.  In 1999, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Annals of the Former World.  He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed
John McPhee

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780374708627
ISBN10: 0374708622
192 pages
$9.99

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
July 1963
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374137816
ISBN10: 0374137811
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages
$18.95

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
September 1992
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374516352
ISBN10: 0374516359
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages
$17.00
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