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Robert Lee Scott was larger than life. A decorated Eagle Scout who barely graduated from high school, the young man from Macon, Georgia, with an oversize personality used dogged determination to achieve his childhood dream of becoming a famed fighter pilot.

First capturing national attention during World War II, Scott, a West Point graduate, flew missions in China alongside the legendary "Flying Tigers", where his reckless courage and victories against the enemy made headlines. Upon returning home, Scott's memoir, God Is My Co-Pilot, became an instant best seller and a successful film. Later in life, Scott traveled the entire length of China's Great Wall and helped found Georgia's Museum of Aviation.

Yet Scott's life was not without difficulty. His single-minded pursuit of greatness was offset by bouts of depression, and his brashness placed him at odds with superior officers. What wealth he gained, he squandered, and his numerous public affairs destroyed his relationships with his wife and child.

Backed by meticulous research, Double Ace brings Scott's uniquely American character to life and captures his fascinating exploits as a national hero alongside his frustrating foibles.

©2016 Robert Coram (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A provocative, deftly written, and superbly documented biography that is highly recommended for military historians and aviation specialists, general readers, and all libraries." ( Library Journal)

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Tiger Fan

The book paints a real view of RLS with accomplishments and faults. His life comes full circle as all hero's who survive to become a hero; finds he cant escape the effects of aging. I enjoyed the back story of the Original Flying Tigers. lots of rich information.

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Great Book

Like most pilots alive today, I grew up I having read God is my copilot. This book started off and I was concerned that it might be a hit piece on Robert Scott. It turns out that it is a very evenhanded an absolutely wonderful book. It will give you an insight into Scott’s life and who he really was. I’m absolutely certain you’ll enjoy this book. Hap Arnold, LTC CA ANG USAF Retired -Phantom Pilot

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sad story

Is there anything you would change about this book?

more flying

Would you recommend Double Ace to your friends? Why or why not?

no, too much of an emotional crowbar

What does Barry Press bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

nothing

Could you see Double Ace being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I suppose

Any additional comments?

Leave out the last half, almost as bad a train wreck as Howard Hughes in later life

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