By Matt Higgins
PEN / ESPN Award for Literary activities Writing (2015 LONGLIST)
“[P]erversely entertaining... In a very intoxicating learn that used to be difficult to place down, Matt Higgins has controlled to make genuine a global approximately as a long way faraway from everyday life because it gets.” --Daily Beast
"Matt Higgins cracks open this astonishingly risky game and captures the astonishing adrenaline surges it delivers."--The Wall road Journal
"[R]iveting... a must-read. A highflying, electrifying tale of a treacherous activity during which each triumph is an eye fixed blink clear of changing into a disaster." --Kirkus (STARRED)
A heart-stopping narrative of hazard and braveness, Bird Dream tells the tale of the amazing 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.
by way of the tip of the 20 th century BASE leaping used to be the main risky of the entire 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 concept that they had came across the final word rush. yet all this replaced for Corliss in 1999, while, 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 really flew from the vertiginous cliffs.
Drawing on intimate entry to Corliss and different most sensible pilots from worldwide, Bird Dream tracks the evolution of the wingsuit flow in the course of the higher than existence characters who, in an age of viral video, compelled the game onto the realm 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 while a wingsuit pilot may well fly, and land, all with no parachute. an increasing number of wingsuit pilots all started plotting ways that a man or woman 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 popularity as a stuntman, the brash, publicity-hungry Corliss remained the preferred favourite to say 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 by way of a world solid of wingsuit devotees—including a Finnish magician, a parachute tester from Brazil, an Australian laptop 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 response to 5 years of firsthand reporting and unique interviews, Bird Dream is the paintings of journalist Matt Higgins, who traveled the area along those remarkable women and men as they jumped and flew in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. delivering a behind-the-scenes tackle probably the most brilliant and disastrous occasions of the wingsuit move, Higgins’s Bird Dream is a riveting, adrenaline-fueled experience on the very fringe of human adventure.