The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindberg, and the Epic Age of Flight

Author(s): Winston Groom


From Winston Groom, the best-selling author of Forrest Gump, Shiloh 1862, and Vicksburg 1863, comes the fascinating story of three extraordinary heroes who defined aviation during the great age of flight. These cleverly interwoven tales of their heart-stopping adventures take us from the feats of World War I through the heroism of World War II and beyond, including daring military raids and survival-at-sea, and will appeal to fans of Unbroken, The Greatest Generation, and Flyboys. With the world in peril in World War II, each man set aside great success and comfort to return to the skies for his most daring mission yet. Doolittle, a brilliant aviation innovator, would lead the daring Tokyo Raid to retaliate for Pearl Harbour; Lindbergh, hero of the first solo flight across the Atlantic, would fly combat missions in the South Pacific; and Rickenbacker, World War I flying ace, would bravely hold his crew together while facing near-starvation and circling sharks after his plane went down in a remote part of the Pacific.
Groom's rich narrative tells their intertwined stories - from broken homes to Medals of Honour (all three would receive it); barnstorming to the greatest raid of World War II; front-page triumph to anguished tragedy; and near-death to ultimate survival - as all took to the sky, time and again, to become exemplars of the spirit of the greatest generation. From barnstorming to flying blindfolded, a famous kidnapping to secret spying, a daring raid, and a survival tale that will keep you riveted, this book has it all. Groom's reputation for both history and storytelling ensure that this book will stand as an important account for years to come. Amazing revelations: never-before-told tales of the characters who shaped early aviation.


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"This is a winner, combining an engaging narrative and appropriate documentation into one solid study of three iconic aviators and their times." --"Library Journal", starred review"Groom is at his best sharing history through the personal stories of the people involved. Not only is this history a learning experience, it is a joy to experience the suspenseful adventures of these extraordinary aviators as they spent their lives developing and promoting aviation in this country. An important narrative not to be missed!" --Stephanie Crowe, Page and Palette BookstoreThis will be an alternate selection in History Book Club, Military Book Club, and Book-of-the-Month Club.

WINSTON GROOM is the author of 14 previous books of nonfiction and fiction, including "Shiloh 1862, Vicksburg 1863, Patriotic Fire," "Shrouds of Glory," "Forrest Gump, " and "Conversations with the Enemy "(with Duncan Spencer), which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He lives with his wife and daughter in Point Clear, Alabama.

General Fields

  • : 9781426211560
  • : National Geographic Society
  • : National Geographic Society
  • : 0.567
  • : November 2013
  • : 229mm X 152mm
  • : United States
  • : December 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Winston Groom
  • : Hardback
  • : 629.13092273
  • : 448
  • : 25 Black and White Photographs