By Matt Higgins
PEN / ESPN Award for Literary activities Writing (2015 LONGLIST)
“[P]erversely entertaining... In a really intoxicating learn that used to be tough to place down, Matt Higgins has controlled to make actual an international approximately as a ways faraway from way of life because it gets.” --Daily Beast
"Matt Higgins cracks open this astonishingly harmful activity and captures the impressive adrenaline surges it delivers."--The Wall road Journal
"[R]iveting... a must-read. A highflying, electrifying tale of a treacherous game during 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 outstanding women and men who pioneered the newest advances in aerial exploration—from skydiving to BASE leaping to wingsuit flying—and made background with their daring.
by way 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 various fatalities and felony skirmishes, BASE jumpers like Jeb Corliss of California idea that they had chanced 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 hands and legs—leaped from a ledge after which really 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 greater than existence characters who, in an age of viral video, compelled the game onto the realm degree. Their exploits—which entranced thousands of enthusiasts alongside the way—defied mind's eye. They have been flying; unlike the Wright brothers, however the means we do in our dreams.
a few dared to dream of going extra but, to an afternoon whilst a wingsuit pilot may perhaps fly, and land, all with out a parachute. more and more wingsuit pilots begun plotting ways that a individual could 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 status 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 video game. followed through a world forged 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 gown designer—Corliss and Connery raced to jump into the unknown, a competition that might bring about triumph for one and approximately rate the opposite his life.
according to 5 years of firsthand reporting and unique interviews, Bird Dream is the paintings of journalist Matt Higgins, who traveled the realm along those outstanding women and men as they jumped and flew in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. providing a behind-the-scenes tackle the most wonderful and disastrous occasions of the wingsuit circulate, Higgins’s Bird Dream is a riveting, adrenaline-fueled event on the very fringe of human event.