Up in the Air
Author Richard Holmes shares stories of the exhibitionists, scientists, and escapists who make up the history of ballooning.
In his new book, Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air, Richard Holmes approaches the history of ballooning as a biographer would—focusing on the balloonists themselves. He uncovers stories of the personalities drawn to ballooning—the exhibitionists, the scientists, the escapists. He recounts an array of human stories he's uncovered in balloon history.