The sensational true story of Eddie Rickenbacker, America's greatest flying ace.
At the turn of the 20th 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.
©2014 John F. Ross (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
Great performance, fascinating story.
Eddie Rickenbacker! That man overcame huge obstacles through determination, planning and unrelenting effort. His very full life held more experience than can be imagined until his biography is read or, in this case, experienced through an audiobook.
None prior, but I certainly appreciated his narration of Rickenbacker's story.
Extreme admiration for the man and his contributions.
This is a keeper. I will listen again and again. I wish I could meet Eddie Rickenbacker and say, "Well done. You are an inspiration to us all."
This is a good story. I didn't know Eddie was a race car driver early in life nor that he was lost at sea or in a commercial airline accident. It is a good listen. The Race car stuff goes a little long but I found the WWI flying very interesting.
Casual Listener with varied tastes
I knew a little about Eddie Rickenbacker's survival tale during WWII, and I knew he had been a WWI pilot. However, I had no idea Rickenbacker had been a racecar driver during racing's pioneering days. What a colorful and eventful life he lived!
Unbroken . . . both are tales of true American heroes who overcame tremendous obstacles. If you enjoyed Unbroken, then you may also enjoy Enduring Courage. John F. Ross, like Laura Hillenbrand, is a master story teller, and the talented Edward Herrmann narrated both tales brilliantly.
I quite enjoyed the Author's devotion to detail of Eddie Rickenbacker's early life; however, the later chapters seemed a bit hurried and less detailed. Nonetheless, I highly recommend Enduring Courage, and I have purchased written copies as several gifts.
Less about the early racing days. More about the flying days.
Herrmann is a great narrator.
Yes, but the first 2/3 drags a bit with details of Eddie's early days as a car racer. The last third is great.
Considering that I am a man who has spent the last five decades reading and seeking out interesting sources of historical input, I am surprised that so awesome a man was virtual unknown to me. This book opened my eyes and I have gone on to find new and exciting books about men who were perhaps more worthy of hero status than guys like our founding fathers.
Eddie was a common man without wealth or influential contacts to open doors and help him succeed. The author John Ross and the narrator Edward Herrman brought Eddie to life as though he was a member of our family.
Most Americans can recount the exploits of Charles Lindbergh, but few know the story of Eddie Rickenbacker. This book should be assigned reading in every classroom. Enduring Courage is the essence of this American Hero. I sit back amazed at the strength of will and courage of this man. A true American Hero. The narration is first rate. You will love this book.
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