By Matt Higgins
PEN / ESPN Award for Literary activities Writing (2015 LONGLIST)
“[P]erversely entertaining... In a very intoxicating learn that was once difficult to place down, Matt Higgins has controlled to make actual an international approximately as a ways faraway from everyday life because it gets.” --Daily Beast
"Matt Higgins cracks open this astonishingly harmful activity and captures the astounding adrenaline surges it delivers."--The Wall highway Journal
"[R]iveting... a must-read. A highflying, electrifying tale of a treacherous activity within which each triumph is a watch blink clear of changing into a disaster." --Kirkus (STARRED)
A heart-stopping narrative of danger and braveness, Bird Dream tells the tale of the outstanding women and men who pioneered the most recent advances in aerial exploration—from skydiving to BASE leaping to wingsuit flying—and made background with their daring.
by means of the top of the 20th century BASE leaping was once the main harmful of all of the severe activities, with thrill-seeking jumpers parachuting from bridges, mountains, radio towers, or even skyscrapers. regardless of a variety of fatalities and felony skirmishes, BASE jumpers like Jeb Corliss of California notion they'd stumbled on the last word rush. yet all this replaced for Corliss in 1999, whilst, excessive within the mountains of northern Italy, he and different jumpers watched in ask yourself as a stranger—wearing a crafty new jumpsuit that includes “wings” among the fingers and legs—leaped from a ledge after which truly flew from the vertiginous cliffs.
Drawing on intimate entry to Corliss and different best pilots from worldwide, Bird Dream tracks the evolution of the wingsuit circulation throughout the higher than lifestyles characters who, in an age of viral video, compelled the game onto the area level. Their exploits—which entranced thousands of lovers alongside the way—defied mind's eye. They have been flying; unlike the Wright brothers, however the approach we do in our dreams.
a few dared to dream of going extra but, to an afternoon whilst a wingsuit pilot may well fly, and land, all and not using a parachute. more and more wingsuit pilots started plotting ways that a man or woman may well jump from the sky and land. A part dozen teams all over the world have been devoted to this quest for a “wingsuit landing,” conjuring the pursuit of countries that when encouraged the race to first summit Everest.
Given his reputation as a stuntman, the brash, publicity-hungry Corliss remained the preferred favourite to assert the 1st touchdown. but Bird Dream additionally tracks the trail of one other guy, Gary Connery—a forty-two-year-old Englishman—who was once quietly plotting to overcome Corliss at his personal online game. followed through a global solid of wingsuit devotees—including a Finnish magician, a parachute tester from Brazil, an Australian computing device programmer, a gruff hang-gliding champion-turned-aeronautical engineer, a French skydiving champion, and a South African dress designer—Corliss and Connery raced to jump into the unknown, a competition that will bring about triumph for one and approximately rate the opposite his life.
in accordance with 5 years of firsthand reporting and unique interviews, Bird Dream is the paintings of journalist Matt Higgins, who traveled the area along those notable women and men as they jumped and flew in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. supplying a behind-the-scenes tackle essentially the most astounding and disastrous occasions of the wingsuit circulate, Higgins’s Bird Dream is a riveting, adrenaline-fueled event on the very fringe of human adventure.