By Matt Higgins
PEN / ESPN Award for Literary activities Writing (2015 LONGLIST)
“[P]erversely entertaining... In a very intoxicating learn that used to be not easy to place down, Matt Higgins has controlled to make actual a global approximately as a long way faraway from way of life because it gets.” --Daily Beast
"Matt Higgins cracks open this astonishingly risky activity and captures the superb 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 an eye fixed blink clear of turning into a disaster." --Kirkus (STARRED)
A heart-stopping narrative of probability and braveness, Bird Dream tells the tale of the impressive women and men who pioneered the most recent advances in aerial exploration—from skydiving to BASE leaping to wingsuit flying—and made historical past with their daring.
via the tip of the 20th century BASE leaping was once the main risky of the entire severe activities, with thrill-seeking jumpers parachuting from bridges, mountains, radio towers, or even skyscrapers. regardless of various fatalities and criminal skirmishes, BASE jumpers like Jeb Corliss of California suggestion they'd came across 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 hands 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 all over the world, Bird Dream tracks the evolution of the wingsuit flow throughout the better than lifestyles characters who, in an age of viral video, compelled the game onto the area degree. Their exploits—which entranced hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts alongside the way—defied mind's eye. They have been flying; in contrast to the Wright brothers, however the method we do in our dreams.
a few dared to dream of going extra but, to an afternoon whilst a wingsuit pilot could fly, and land, all with out a parachute. increasingly more wingsuit pilots started plotting ways that a individual may well jump from the sky and land. A part dozen teams worldwide 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 repute 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 used to be quietly plotting to overcome Corliss at his personal online game. followed via a world 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 might result in triumph for one and approximately expense 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 impressive women and men as they jumped and flew in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. supplying a behind-the-scenes tackle probably the most striking and disastrous occasions of the wingsuit move, Higgins’s Bird Dream is a riveting, adrenaline-fueled event on the very fringe of human event.