Title: Enduring Courage
Author: John F. Ross
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publish Date: May 13, 2014
Source: I received a copy from the publisher; however, this did not affect my review.
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: " 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 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.
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 e'ndured a
harrowing three-week ordeal adrift without food or water in the Pacific
during World War II.
My Two Cents:
Courage" is the story of Eddie Rickenbacker, a true daredevil and
renaissance man. Born in an age where people were just beginning to
drive and own cars, Eddie thirsted for adventure and daring. From car
racing to piloting dangerous planes, there was nothing that Eddie was
not willing to do. This guy defined courage and his name has largely
been lost to history. This book looks at his amazing life and gives you
someone to cheer for!
Eddie Rickenbacker is one of those people
where his life is so amazing and so outlandish that he almost seems like
he should be a fictional character rather than a real person. I read a
lot of this book with my mouth agape as Rickenbacker went through so
much in this book. In some ways, this book reminds me a lot of Laura
Hillenbrand's "Unbroken." This book as with that one have so many
amazing stories that will keep you reading just to see what happens
next. Rickenbacker is definitely larger than life and I really enjoyed
reading about him.
The writing of this book is really good. In
many places, it read very much like a novel. There is detail, drama, and
flair and I loved it. Eddie Rickenbacker is someone that I know that
I'm going to be thinking about long after I read the last page. This
book will appeal to people who like fascinating characters, history, and
amazing adventure. I'm definitely going to be passing this book around
to my friends and family!"