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Eddie Rickenbacker: An American Hero in the Twentieth Century

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Eddie Rickenbacker epitomized the American spirit in the twentieth century. Daring, skilled, and rugged—moving fast and defying death—he drove race cars in the early days of the automobile, then flew canvas-over-wooden-frame aeroplanes in the Great War, downing twenty-six enemy flyers and emerging at war's end as the nation's ace of aces. Only Gen. John J. "Black Jack" ...more
Hardcover, 720 pages
Published November 15th 2005 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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Michael
Jan 30, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it
"Eddie Rickenbacker", by W. David Lewis, is many books all wrapped up in one. It is primarily about Rickenbacker but, since he was so many things during his life, the book is also about the early auto industry (he was a self taught mechanical engineer), auto racing (he was a racer and owner of the Indie 500), early flight (he flew almost from the beginning), World War one (he was America's Ace of aces), airline hisory (he founded Eastern Airlines) and politics (he was an early member of the ...more
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Sep 02, 2015 Chet Brandon rated it it was amazing
I saw this book in a local used book shop. I flipped through the pages and realized there was a really great story in it. I knew of Eddie Rickenbacker as a WW I ace. I had no idea of the race car driver, industrialist, WW II hero, Airline industrial magnate and messenger that he also was. I am nearly finished with the book now and am struck by his leadership skills that came through in many situations. He knew how to motivate people and how to maintain a singleness of focus that guaranteed his ...more
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