The Aviators

The Aviators

Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight

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This book tells the saga of three extraordinary aviators: Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Jimmy Doolittle, and how they redefined heroism through their genius, daring, and uncommon courage. These cleverly interwoven tales of their heart-stopping adventures take us from the feats of World War I through the heroism of World War II and beyond, including daring military raids and survival-at-sea. With the world in peril in World War II, each man set aside great success and comfort to return to the skies for his most daring mission yet. Doolittle, a brilliant aviation innovator, would lead the daring Tokyo Raid to retaliate for Pearl Harbor; Lindbergh, hero of the first solo flight across the Atlantic, would fly combat missions in the South Pacific; and Rickenbacker, World War I flying ace, would bravely hold his crew together while facing near-starvation and circling sharks after his plane went down in a remote part of the Pacific. The author tells their intertwined stories, from broken homes to Medals of Honor (all three would receive it); barnstorming to the greatest raid of World War II; front-page triumph to anguished tragedy; and near-death to ultimate survival, as all took to the sky, time and again, to become exemplars of the spirit of the "greatest generation."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781426211560
1426211562
Branch Call Number: 920 GROOM
Characteristics: 464 pages, 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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MedinaReads Feb 09, 2015

If you loved Unbroken, The Greatest Generation, or Flyboy or just enjoy stories of adventure by daring men on their flying machines, you’ll “fly” through the pages of The Aviators by the gifted storyteller Winston Groom (author of Forrest Gump). This is the fascinating story of three extraordinary heroes – Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Jimmy Doolittle – who defined aviation through the great age of flight with heart-stopping adventures in World War I and II and beyond. All were Medal of Honor winners. All set aside great success and comfort to return to the skies for daring missions for their country. Lindbergh would fly combat missions in the South Pacific; Rickenbacker, World War I flying ace, bravely held his crew together on a raft amid circling sharks after his plane went down in a remote area of the Pacific; Doolittle would lead the daring Tokyo Raid to retaliate for Pearl Harbor. Weaving back and forth from one man to another, Groom’s rich narrative takes us from headline successes to near-death to ultimate survival, as three brave men took to the sky again and again.

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Apr 08, 2014

All aviation fans will enjoy this book.

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