A flattering picture of a national war hero from a boyhood in Columbus to the sensational rescue from a raft in the Pacific. Is this a case of movie-into-book? We meet him as a pugnacious, aggressive kid, wage earner at eleven; a teen ager fascinated by the newly developing automobile industry, in on the ground floor, a highly paid trouble shooter. Then his career as speed driver -- his air battles as he became an American ace in W.W.I. And finally the story of the crash -- the days on the raft -- the rescue, an ordeal shared by the author. Good material made unexciting either as biography or writing.