A larger-than-life hero with a towering personality, Robin Olds was a graduate of West Point and an inductee in the National College Football Hall of Fame for his All-American performance for Army. In World War II, Olds quickly became a top fighter pilot and squadron commander by the age of 22—a double ace with 12 aerial victories.
But it was in Vietnam where the man became a legend. He motivated a dejected group of pilots by placing himself under junior officers and challenging them to train him properly. He led the wing with aggressiveness, scoring another four confirmed kills and becoming a rare triple ace. With his marriage to Hollywood actress and pin-up girl Ella Raines, his nonregulation mustache and penchant for drink, Olds was a unique individual whose story is one of the most eagerly anticipated military books of the year.
Christina Olds, the daughter of Robin Olds, holds a B.A. in English and creative writing from Vassar, is a member of the Air Force Association, and is the first honorary lifetime member of the Red River Valley Association.
Ed Rasimus is a retired USAF fighter pilot who holds a B.S. in political science and an M.S. in both political science and international relations. He has previously written two books on the Vietnam air war, When Thunder Rolled and Palace Cobra.
©2010 Robin Olds with Christina Olds and Ed Rasimus (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Massively welcomed by his legion of fans." (Walter J. Boyne, author and former director of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.)
The story is one of the greatest adventures of our time! The life of Robin Olds is the stuff of movies. A fighter ace who married a movie star and was friends with John Wayne and Lawrence Rockefeller.
The narration was so well done that at times you thought you were listening to Robin Olds himself.
The author wrote with a style which took you to the places and made it seem as if you were actually witnessing the events as they actually happened.
This is definitely a book which can be listened to more than once.
Incredible story of American fighting spirit and leadership. If you are a fan of military aviation this book is a must listen. If you are a leadership fan this book is also full of many pearls of wisdom. General Olds is my new hero!
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