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✬ Enduring Courage Books ✮ Author John F. Ross –

Enduring Courage 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 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.

✬ Enduring Courage  Books ✮ Author John F.  Ross –
  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • Enduring Courage
  • John F. Ross
  • 09 February 2018
  • 9781250033772

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  1. says:

    Enduring Courage by John F RossEddie took off on a lone sortie on his first full day of command Near Billy sous les Cotes, he found five Fokkers escorting a pair of reconnaissance two seaters Pulling out his signature elan, he climbed high between between them and the sun, then pitched headlong into an attack dive Most of the pilots he killed, said Chambers, never knew what hit them Out of the sun, a quick burst and gone That was Rickenbacker This is an excellent biography about three distinct periods of Eddie Rickenbacker s life as a young race car driver, WW1 ace, and WW2 aviation advisor There is little information on his early childhood, or the years between WW1 and WW2 or the twenty five years he lived beyond WW2 so this is not technically a cradle to grave biography The rest may be a spoiler to those who don t know the story Eddie Rickenbacker was born in Columbus Ohio in 1890 to Swiss immigrants Columbus was emerging as a center for automotive innovation, only behind Detroit and Flint As a young teen Eddie was fascinated with the mechanics of automobiles and he soon went to work for the ...

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    In the early part of the 20th century, Eddie Rickenbacker s name was on everyone s lips..initially he was an American sports hero in the new game of auto racing Mechanically talented and self taught, he studied the workings of automobiles and racing tactics which paid off as he won race after race Auto racing was extremely dangerous in those early days with no seat belts, helmets or other safety equipment and the death rate kept climbing but Rickenbacker knew no fear Then came a turning point in his life for which he will always be remembered..WWI The use of airplanes was limited, mostly only for observation duties But Rickenbacker and several other farsighted men realized that air power was the future of warfare He immediately signed on at the infancy of a recognized segment of the military and went to Europe to change the role of a strong air based fighting force He became the Ace of Aces with 26 kills in only five months of active services.This book gives the reader a look at Rickenbacker as a not very likeable individual.coarse, profane, and argumentative But he also was not seeking fame or adulation he w...

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    Enduring Courage Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed gets 4 Stars from me but that is really my flying background influencing my view of the book Non pilots might find it lacking in some details and not telling a full story The book covers Eddie s difficult and challenging early life through the end of WWI Then it jumps to 1941 and Eddie s survival of a commercial plane crash, then quickly jumps to his secret mission from Hap Arnold to carry a message from Roosevelt and Marshall to Gen Douglas MacArthur not a kudo message His plane crashes at sea after missing a small island refueling station and he leads the crew to survive 3 weeks at sea in small rafts.Rickenbacker s life spanned the start of the age of speed His early fame came from racing cars and this is a great part of the story What rapid progress is made in auto technology is told through Eddie s adventures in auto racing But the best part of the story is how Eddie becomes a pilot and what he had to do to get into the air Eddie is the uncouth mechanic who can fix anything among a bunch of upper class Yale, Harvard, Princeton snobs who comprise the early group of WWI pilots This is another amazing story of perseve...

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    Eddie Rickenbacker was born in 1891, just 5 years before my grandfather, and I ve always regretted that I never asked my grandpa about what it was like when he first saw a horseless carriage or an airplane, but the descriptions from this book describe some of Eddie s experiences which I imagine to be somewhat similar to what his must have been, and that made it all worthwhile for me.More than that, though, Rickenbacker was a pretty incredible guy I knew he was a heroic fighter pilot in World War I and that he raced cars, but I didn t know he was a champion race car driver usually driving American built cars against what were then superior cars from Europe In fact, he was one of the first to race at the Indianapolis Speedway in the first of the Indy 500 races He was also successful as a businessman after the war, first as an executive and then owner of Eastern Airlines He had his failures, too his Rickenbacker car company couldn t compete with established companies, and when it closed down, he was 250,000 in debt But he refused to declare himself insolvent and eventually repaid his debts, which I found very admirable And, of course, he...

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    I am giving this book three stars Maybe it should be four but while the book was good and a well handled treatment of Rickenbacker I was left with the feeling that there was something missing I do not know what it was but there was a lacking I read this book on the recommendation of a GR friend and for that recommendation I am grateful Maybe in the course of writing this review and reflecting on the book I will discover the answer to my query Now what I did enjoy in this book is discovering that before Rickenbacker was a flyer he was a race car driver of significance In fact what was most enjoyable about this book was reading about the advent of both automotive and aviation technology Rickenbacker was there at the beginning of both of these modes of transport and reading about their evolution was fascinating Of course I was also taken with the facts of Eddie s early life around the turn of the 20th century Comparing childhoods like Eddie s to what kids today live like is shocking in their differences The hardships are striking and it is easy to admire anybody that survived life as harsh as Eddie s The author seems to attribute Eddie s survival to his unique ability to endure That may be true but it may also be that he was just lucky All biographies that depict the harsh childhoods of their subjects tend to glamo...

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    Eddie Rickenbacker, for me, has always been one of those names from 20th century history that I had heard of and even knew a tiny bit about but not much I knew he was an American flying Ace from World War I and generally well regarded but have long wished to know about him, his life and the times he lived in.General George S Patton famously said, Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men It is the spirit of the men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory He was talking about leaders like Rickenbacker, America s leading ace of WWI with 26 kills The story of how he got there is simply incredible From an adventurous youth demonstrating a genius for machines and mechanics to becoming a renowned race car driver racing in the very first Indy 500 , to becoming America s Ace of Aces pilot in WWI, his story reads like one of those thriller novels where the hero constantly encounters incredible danger but always survives It s so refreshing to read of a person who actually lives up to the hype of history and who learns ...

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    The story of Eddie Rickenbacker who starts out as a trouble boy with an abusive father He pulled himself to the attention of the of various engineers and became an early driver in the embryo racing circuits of the US When the first war broke out and the US belatedly joined the fight in 1917, Eddie forces his way into the air service flying the french Neiport fighter His time at the front was limited to about 5 months and in that time he became a fighter Ace He joins Eastern Airline and is injured in a crash while travelling as a passenger and in the second war he was adrift for three wee...

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    I recall hearing about Eddie Rickenbacker way back when I was a kid I knew that he was the highest scoring American ace of The Great War and that he had been a race car driver As a fan of the Indianapolis 500, I knew that he had once owned the speedway and sold it to Tony Hulman following World War Two That was about the extent of my knowledge of the man and his deeds In retrospect, I find it amazing that I never thought to read about him considering my love of racing and of military history This book is not a detailed biography of Rickenbacker s entire life, but, as the title indicates, is mostly centered on his racing and his war experiences Ross sets up the biography in the usual way, starting with Rickenbacker s difficult childhood After his father s death, he quit school and became the breadwinner for the family His mechanical aptitude stood him in good stead and he eventually went to work in the automotive industry At the time, racing was seen by the automobile manufacturers as a method of testing car designs and also impre...

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    Who doesn t know the name Eddie Rickenbacker And now for the man and story behind the name John F Ross has put together a biography that you couldn t make up if you tried And not only Rickenbacker, the book touches on so many of the men during the early days of the automobile and airplane whose exploits were truly living life on the edge A journalist, in writing of the early world of race car driving, described the drivers as men who had spent so much time right up against the wall of destruction, seeking to push the limit without going over it, that all had gained a nodding acquaintance with death For Rickenbacker the daring and courage continued as ...

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    ENDURING COURAGE brings vividly to the reader the essence of the man who was Eddie Rickenbacker 1890 1973 Pioneer race car driver, mechanic, World War I fighter ace and squadron leader, national hero, airline executive, and controversial figure Rickenbacker looked death in the eye many times, both in war and peace, and miraculously survived each time No one who knew Rickenbacker ever forgot the experience, for ...

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