Enduring Courage, Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed by John F. Ross; 2014; $27.99; 375 pages; St. Martin’s Press, New York, NY; 978-1-250-03377-2; purchased from Multnomah County Library, Title Wave Used Bookstore; 9/2/17-9/7/17
Why did I read this? Because Eddie Rickenbacker was one of my first heroes growing up and I think was the first autobiography I ever read.
This is sort of a semi biography covering three main times in Mr. Rickenbacker. First is Eddie’s interest in cars and his career as a race car driver, then his time in World War I as a pilot and the Ace of Aces and thirdly the time he was on a secret mission for the President and his plane crash landed in the Pacific and he was adrift in a raft for 24 days before being rescued. The times between these events is covered lightly as is his early childhood and later life. By focusing on these three time periods I found out more about Eddie than I had previously known.