Enduring Courage

  • by John F. Ross
  • Narrated by Edward Herrmann
  • 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The sensational true story of Eddie Rickenbacker, America's greatest flying ace.
At the turn of the 20th century two new technologies - the car and airplane - took the nation’s imagination by storm as they burst, like comets, into American life. The brave souls that leaped into these dangerous contraptions and pushed them to unexplored extremes became new American heroes: The race car driver and the flying ace.
No individual did more to create and intensify these raw new roles than the tall, gangly Eddie Rickenbacker, who defied death over and over with such courage and pluck that a generation of Americans came to know his face better than the president’s. The son of poor, German-speaking Swiss immigrants in Columbus, Ohio, Rickenbacker overcame the specter of his father’s violent death, a debilitating handicap, and, later, accusations of being a German spy, to become the American military ace of aces in World War I and a Medal of Honor recipient. He and his high-spirited, all-too-short-lived pilot comrades, created a new kind of aviation warfare, as they pushed their machines to the edge of destruction - and often over it - without parachutes, radios, or radar.
Enduring Courage is the electrifying story of the beginning of America’s love affair with speed - and how one man above all the rest showed a nation the way forward. No simple daredevil, he was an innovator on the racetrack, a skilled aerial dualist and squadron commander, and founder of Eastern Air Lines. Decades after his heroics against the Red Baron’s Flying Circus, he again showed a war-weary nation what it took to survive against nearly insurmountable odds when he and seven others endured a harrowing three-week ordeal adrift without food or water in the Pacific during World War II. For the first time, Enduring Courage peels back the layers of hero to reveal the man himself. With impeccable research and a gripping narrative, John F. Ross tells the unforgettable story of a man who pushed the limits of speed, endurance, and courage and emerged as an American legend.

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A true ace, and an example for us all.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Great performance, fascinating story.


What did you like best about this story?

Eddie Rickenbacker! That man overcame huge obstacles through determination, planning and unrelenting effort. His very full life held more experience than can be imagined until his biography is read or, in this case, experienced through an audiobook.


Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

None prior, but I certainly appreciated his narration of Rickenbacker's story.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Extreme admiration for the man and his contributions.


Any additional comments?

This is a keeper. I will listen again and again. I wish I could meet Eddie Rickenbacker and say, "Well done. You are an inspiration to us all."

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- Gotta Tellya "KEC"

Quite a life

Any additional comments?

This is a good story. I didn't know Eddie was a race car driver early in life nor that he was lost at sea or in a commercial airline accident. It is a good listen. The Race car stuff goes a little long but I found the WWI flying very interesting.

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- DB "just good books"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2014
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio