This book is a good basic reference tool for defining personal conduct as an active participant in public and private meetings, debates, delegate sess...moreThis book is a good basic reference tool for defining personal conduct as an active participant in public and private meetings, debates, delegate sessions and other events with structured protocol.
Eddie Rickenbacker’s autobiography is the life story of a very humble American hero, who was not afraid of failure and in turn lived a well fulfilled...moreEddie Rickenbacker’s autobiography is the life story of a very humble American hero, who was not afraid of failure and in turn lived a well fulfilled life. This is more than a tale of a great hero, or a rags-to-riches story. Considering all his talents and accomplishments Rickenbacker was a basic honest man, firmly grounded with God, country and family in his heart. He seriously faced death on several occasions, but his lifelong belief in God and passion to live pulled him through. His testimony detailed two specific occasions where he was clairvoyant and he believed in the power of a sixth sense.
Rickenbacker was born (1890) into a working class family and when 13 years old his father died prompting his decision to assume responsibility for providing for his mother, brothers and sisters. Throughout his life he was a straight shooter, however to survive he would need to bend the truth this time, as child labor laws required one to be 14 years old with an 8th grade education. He acquired a 3rd shift job two miles from home with the pay going to his mother. From this point on he excelled with informal education and never looked back.
As a youthful mechanic with a thirst for improvement and innovation he absorbed information fulfilling the role of a technical engineer. His intrigue with how automobiles function led him to compete as a national race car driver at the Indianapolis Speedway. Later in life he would be fortunate enough to own the world famous racetrack not only to stay connected, but also as a means to give back to others.
When the United States entered WWI he took his adventurous daredevil skills to another level, in the sky, where he became a squadron leader and America’s greatest pilot known as the “Ace of Aces”. A little more than a decade after the war he was honored with the Medal of Honor.
Throughout the 1930’s high ranking German officials proudly gave Rickenbacker full tours of their aviation facilities prompting him to predict a Second World War. During WWII he turned down several military promotions choosing to serve his country as a Defense Department aviation engineering consultant traveling across the world’s battlefields. His trustworthy character and keen awareness led him to secret missions. Rickenbacker noted: “The voice, even facial expressions may speak falsely, but the eyes speak the truth. When I shake hands with a man, I look him in the eye. His handshake may be firm and his greeting may be warm, but if his eyes look away, fail to meet mine or even flicker momentarily I know that there is something wrong somewhere.”
He rose to become Chairman of the Board and CEO of Eastern Airlines, remaining active as a “hands on” engineer and championing the cause of hiring disabled veterans / wounded warriors. The man, with less a than 7th grade formal education, was honored with a Doctor of Engineering degree from Lehigh University and in his lifetime other colleges and universities awarded him an assortment of 14 additional Doctorate degrees.
Rickenbacker shunned politics as a profession but treasured the American free enterprise system saying: “Over it all hangs the stultifying influence of big government and the big-brother philosophy in Washington. The so-called “security” nullifies the basic American values and the incentives that are actually stimulated by insecurity. The more that is done for the individual, the less he does for himself. Self-reliance, ambition and determination, all those human traits that were common in the pioneering days and that made this country great, are being softened, even eliminated, in America today.” As he approached his 77th birthday within his book (published 1967) he voiced his concerns of rising socialism: “I cannot help but shudder at the thought of the coming generation and what America will be like in 25 years.”
I received this complementary self-published book through Goodreads first reads. The small business guide is a brief primer manual that can be read in...moreI received this complementary self-published book through Goodreads first reads. The small business guide is a brief primer manual that can be read in one sitting, offering encouragement and basic tips on venturing into a new business or improving an existing one. (less)
Following the 1929 stock market crash the Great Depression spanned much of the 1930’s decade. Author Amity Shlaes provides insight, challenging that t...moreFollowing the 1929 stock market crash the Great Depression spanned much of the 1930’s decade. Author Amity Shlaes provides insight, challenging that the American economy would have rebounded much quicker if only Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt had taken a more hands off approach with less government intervention and a stronger belief in the capitalistic free market system.
“The Forgotten Man”, the title of this book, is none other than the common working class hero whose income is siphoned off for redistribution. Under the guise of justice and fairness Roosevelt’s visionary belief was that political leaders in Washington DC knew best how solve the nation’s ills. His solution called for government growth, tinkering and intervention through well intended yet unproductive social programs and regulation to drive the private sector to recovery. Wall Street never favors uncertainty and between fluctuating tariffs, mingling with utilities, ending the gold standard, providing subsidies along with implementing the social security system there was much uncertainty and the only constant was a year after year turbulent economy.