Enduring Courage

Enduring Courage

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

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Documents the story of the early twentieth-century racecar driver and flying ace, covering such topics as his father's violent death, his physical challenges, his Medal of Honor decoration, and his dramatic postwar experiences.

McMillan Palgrave

The sensational true story of Eddie Rickenbacker, America's greatest flying ace

At the turn of the twentieth century two new technologies—the car and airplane—took the nation's imagination by storm as they burst, like comets, into American life. The brave souls that leaped into these dangerous contraptions and pushed them to unexplored extremes became new American heroes: the race car driver and the flying ace.

No individual did more to create and intensify these raw new roles than the tall, gangly Eddie Rickenbacker, who defied death over and over with such courage and pluck that a generation of Americans came to know his face better than the president's. The son of poor, German-speaking Swiss immigrants in Columbus, Ohio, Rickenbacker overcame the specter of his father's violent death, a debilitating handicap, and, later, accusations of being a German spy, to become the American military ace of aces in World War I and a Medal of Honor recipient. He and his high-spirited, all-too-short-lived pilot comrades, created a new kind of aviation warfare, as they pushed their machines to the edge of destruction—and often over it—without parachutes, radios, or radar.

Enduring Courage is the electrifying story of the beginning of America's love affair with speed—and how one man above all the rest showed a nation the way forward. No simple daredevil, he was an innovator on the racetrack, a skilled aerial dualist and squadron commander, and founder of Eastern Air Lines. Decades after his heroics against the Red Baron's Flying Circus, he again showed a war-weary nation what it took to survive against nearly insurmountable odds when he and seven others endured a harrowing three-week ordeal adrift without food or water in the Pacific during World War II.

For the first time, Enduring Courage peels back the layers of hero to reveal the man himself. With impeccable research and a gripping narrative, John F. Ross tells the unforgettable story of a man who pushed the limits of speed, endurance and courage and emerged as an American legend.



Baker
& Taylor

Documents the story of the early 20th-century racecar driver and flying ace, covering such topics as his father's violent death, the physical challenges that impeded his ambitions, his Medal of Honor decoration and his dramatic postwar experiences. 125,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2014
ISBN: 9781250033772
Branch Call Number: 940.44973 ROS
Characteristics: xxiii, 375 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., maps, ports. ;,25 cm.

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beebee40 Jul 31, 2014

Not a bio but a sketch of Eddie. Mr. Ross has a good writing style but content of the book is "thin."

The book is padded with writing that has little or nothing to do with Rickenbacker.

If one is looking for a biography look elsewhere.

KCLSLibrarians May 20, 2014

You can't imagine how lucky a person can be until you read this book. I found it hard to put down - Ross weaves the incredible life of Rickenbacker into the larger story of that golden age of technology. Compulsively fascinating.

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