Enduring Courage

Enduring Courage

Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed

Audiobook CD - 2014
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The sensational true story of Eddie Rickenbacker, America's greatest flying ace. Early in the twentieth century, two new American super figures-the racecar driver and the flying ace-would become the embodiment of American skilled manhood, and no individual did more to create and intensify these new roles than Eddie Rickenbacker. ENDURING COURAGE chronicles his improbable rise, overcoming the specter of his father's violent death, a debilitating handicap, and, later, accusations of being a German spy. Not only would he become a world-renowned racecar driver, but America's ace of aces in WWI as well, shooting down more enemy planes than anyone and receiving the Medal of Honor; battling The Red Baron and his deadly squadron, pushing their machines beyond the edge of destruction without parachutes or radios. The next chapter in Rickenbacker's life was every bit as momentous, from buying Eastern Air Lines, to surviving two horrendous plane crashes, one during WWII on a secret mission in the Pacific that left him lost at sea. Adrift for 24 days, Rickenbacker led the survivors in catching food and water until they were rescued, barely alive.  With impeccable research, author John Ross tells the gripping story of this American legend.
Publisher: New York : Macmillan Audio, p2014
Edition: Unabridged ed
ISBN: 9781427239235
Branch Call Number: CDA 940.44973 ROS
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (ca. 13 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Herrmann, Edward 1943-


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Oct 21, 2016

Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed by John Ross should be required reading for all aviators, particularly military. From the first page to the last it is a heart-stopping, catch your breath read. Even if you don’t consider yourself a reader of history, this story will win you over. Just read the first 10 pages or so and you’ll be hooked. The book is broken up into four “books.” The first is the story of Eddie’s career with the first cars and his involvement with the very first Indy 500. It isn’t until book 2 that you get into World War I and his career with aircraft, dog fighting with the Flying Circus, and multiple, harrowing events where he cheated death time and again.
If you are a history buff, you may have read Eddie’s own autobiography, Fighting the Flying Circus, or other stories of our first Ace Pilots, but this one is very different. It is well-researched and painfully honest. In his own story, Eddie lied about his past and changed a few facts to suit his ego, but his bare, unvarnished life is a tale that needs to be heard. Even in errors, his dare-devil mentality coupled with his natural affinity for mechanics and the internal combustion engine, along with his vision and leadership, brought us to where we are today in aviation.
Book 3 tells of his life after the war when he went into civil aviation starting Eastern Airlines and working with car companies to transfer what he learned through auto racing to air travel…always more concerned with the machine itself rather than the company. The best part is that just when you think the book is over at the end of Book 3, he has been in multiple accidents and is very frail, the best is yet to come.
Book 4 is heart-stopping. Nothing I say can convey the excellence of John Ross’ writing.
I listened to the book while commuting to work and I must say that Edward Hermann’s reading may have been a factor in the high praise I give this book; however, John Ross takes us on one heck of a wild ride!

Sep 10, 2016

Early flight pioneer, ace of WWI, served in WWII, remarkable man. What interested me most was his survival in a tiny raft after all his accolades in wars prior. At the age of 52 he is/was the definition of enduring courage. Great narrator I'll miss terribly.

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