Edward J. Roach

Edward J. Roach is a historian at Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park in Ohio.

Listed in: Ohio and Regional · Business and Economics




The Wright Company · From Invention to Industry
By Edward J. Roach

A fascinating window into Wilbur and Orville Wright‘s legendary Wright Company, its place in Dayton, its management struggles, and its effects on early U.S. aviation.

“[Roach] closes a major gap in our understanding of the brothers, drawing on an untapped cache of corporate records and the scattered papers of business associates to produce a history of the Wright Company set in the larger context of American business, labor, urban, and industrial history. His book is a fresh, honest, and well-researched view of Wilbur and Orville’s experience as the president and vice president of the Wright Company, respectively, detailing the rise and fall of a firm that in different hands might have dominated an infant industry.”

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