No Ordinary Being: A Biography of W. Starling Burgess
by Llewellyn Howland III
David R. Godine Publishers
Few 20th century Americans led more creative, daring, eventful, and sometimes troubled lives than that of the inventor, poet, aviation pioneer, naval architect, automotive engineer, and America’s Cup yacht designer W. Starling Burgess.
A man of enormous charm, physical courage, and energy, Burgess was also, as his son Frederick lamented, “a child who will not face hard facts, but will hide from them and will love the person who shields him from them….” This tension in his personal and professional life had consequences both disturbing and tragic. But it was his genius as an artist and designer that makes this biography of Starling Burgess so fascinating to read—and such a lively and exciting contribution to American sporting, entrepreneurial, and technological history.
Deeply researched, richly illustrated, and beautifully produced, No Ordinary Being will have a particular appeal to recreational sailors, students of early aviation, and lovers of the New England coast, Newport, Long Island Sound, the Chesapeake Bay, the waters of Florida and the West Indies.
Publication date: Fall 2014
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