Thursday, June 12, 2008

2008 Book 55: Yeager

Book #:55

Book Title:Yeager

Author:Gen. Chuck Yeager w/ Leo Janos


Pub. Date:1985


Started:June 8, 2008

Finished:June 12, 2008

Time to Read:5 Days

Back Cover / Inside Flap:"General Chuck Yeager, the greatest test pilot of them all - the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound...the World War II flying ace who shot down a Messerschmitt jet with a prop-driven P-51 Mustang...the hero who defined a certain quality that all of the hotshot fly-boys of the postwar era aimed to achieve: the right stuff.

Now Chuck Yeager tells his whole incredible life story with the same "wide-open, full throttle" approach that has marked his astonishing career. What it was really like engaging in do-or-die dogfights over Nazi Europe. How, after being shot down over occupied France, Yeager somehow managed to escape. The amazing behind-the-scene story of smashing the sound barrier despite cracked ribs from a riding accident days before.

The entire story is here, Yeager's own words, and in wonderful insights from his wife and those friends and colleagues who have known him best. It is the personal and public story of a man who settled for nothing less than excellence, a one-of-a-kind portrait of a true American hero."


Review:If you haven't counted, there's 10 stars up there. In case you don't follow my general blog, you need to go read my account of meeting General Chuck Yeager, who is just my absolute hero. It's a brief account - I know, rare for me, but go see. Ain't that picture awesome?

Ahem. The book. I am ashamed of how long it took me to read this book. I bought it years ago, stuck it on a shelf, and it sat there unread. What's wrong with me? I don't often read autobiographies - people, too often, have an inflated view of themselves and that tends to just upset me. But this autobiography? Beyond compare. Yeager takes the reader INSIDE some of the most exciting moments of flight history, from his earliest days to WWII to the speed barrier and beyond. Forget the movie "The Right Stuff"...this is "The Real Stuff" and you can't afford to miss reading about it. Go out. Get it now. Right now!

If you have read or are planning to read this book, please make sure to stop back by and leave me a comment to let me know your own thoughts!

From my library to yours,


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