I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is a great book about a famous triple ace fighter pilot of both WWII and Viet Nam. The book is written in the first person so it is just like sitting in his living room and listening to his life story. Robertson Dean did a good job narrating the story. This book is like listening to the history of the Air Force as Robin Olds father Major General Olds was in the Army Air Corp in WW1 so between the two of them they cover the history of air power. Enjoyed the section about his time in England and the relationship with the British flyer's. Olds mentions several times in the book talking with or flying in the Flying Circus Wing of Eddie Rickenbacker. Audible has a book written in 1919 called "Fighting the Flying Circus" by Eddie V. Rickenbacker about his time in the Army Air Corp during WW1. Rickenbacker won the Medal of Honor during WW1. Robin Olds won the Silver Star in WWII and in Viet Nam. If you like this type of story, download it, as I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did. Olds was married to movie star Ella Raines and had two girls. I love these types of book as they bring history to life.
Robertson Dean's narration enlivened this straight talking man's man, cadet athlete, and articulate warrior. A detailed account placed the reader in the cockpit, ducking bar fight fists, and wilting under the gaze of scrutinizing superiors. What surfaced was a mix of heart, head, loyalty, pride and disillusionment.
There was a wonderful chapter about how this old WWII fighter pilot outwitted North Vietnamese MIG 17 pilots.
There was the time this base commander who, because he was in a flight suit in a bar, wasn't recognized by a couple of drunk lieutenants who ripped off his patches and tackled him to the floor.
Leadership is timeless.
Thank God for men like Robin Olds and those who served with him...this story is enough for even the manliest of men to feel like a 7th grader. Wonderfully told.
What a great book. This guy was everything that makes an American an American. I highly recommend this book!
Great book for history buffs, aviation buffs -- also a great story. Makes you want to buy the paper edition
This is a good book if you like military history. I gave it a four because I do enjoy miltary history.
As a pure biography I would give it a three as average. It had some very exciting and interesting portions but overall I was disappointed because of the other reviews I had read.
While Robin Olds has no doubt lived an action packed life, I found this book to be a little disappointing. For me, there was just too much "pilot" speak - levels of elevation, ground speed, and such. I was also hoping for more insight as to the inner workings during the Vietnam War, but he steers clear of anything controversial. So, not a bad book, but really nothing special.