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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Enduring Courage--Eddie Rickenbacker in WWI --Ace of Aces

Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of SpeedEnduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed by John F. Ross
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Although this is about a remarkable man, much of his life is left unexplored. The bulk of the book deals with his time as a pilot in WWI and, while that is quite interesting, it took up too much of the work. The story of Rickenbacker and his fellow pilots is amazing but repetitive and being more or less a history text, slow reading.

His early life as a race car driver is just as interesting but much less explored. His life after WWI in which he became a business man, husband and father is again only slightly related. As a result, the book seemed unbalanced with much of his post-war life glossed over. As a result many questions about him remain unanswered by the book and therefore the reading of it is unsatisfactory. To truly gain insight into the man, further reading is necessary. As to the subtitle, The Dawn of the Age of Speed, this topic is very well related.

View all my reviews I received this copy from Goodreads in exchange for a reader's review.

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