RICKENBACKER by Captain Eddie Rickenbacker

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Three years ago Rickenbacker's Fighting the Flying Circus was republished, Justifiably, and his autobiography also retains much of the excitement of this magnificent man in his flying machine--the World War flying ace who made his first flight from a barn roof on a bicycle with an umbrella. He also designed, sold and raced cars long before he flew in France. After the war he returned to grounded vehicles, cars again (the Rickenbacker), then went into the aviation industry with what is now Eastern Airlines. During World War II the Ace of Aces was on both military and diplomatic missions which took him around the world. His crash in 'the Pacific and subsequent 24 days on a raft, his description of a trip to Russia, and his reminiscences of his early years (a hundred plus pages) are the best parts of the book. It's written easily enough to overcome the minutiae of running an airline, industrial infighting, financial ups and downs, etc. and almost all of it has a substantial, genuine excitement.

Pub Date: Oct. 8th, 1967
Publisher: Prentice-Hall