Library Journal recently reviewed Simine Short’s new book Locomotive to Aeromotive: Octave Chanute and the Transportation Revolution.
“In her exquisitely detailed paean to one of America’s foremost civil engineers and pioneer aerodynamicists, aviation historian Short (Glider Mail: An Aerophilatlic Handbook) follows her French-born and self-trained subject’s amazing career from surveyor’s apprentice on the Hudson River Railroad to chief engineer for the New York, Lake Erie & Western, becoming involved along the way with such challenges as hostile squatters, rate wars, labor strikes, and financial failures, as railroad tracks moved inexorably westward. . . . Exhaustively researched and persuasively argued.”