Synopses & Reviews
Groom's book depicts the excitement and daring of early 20th-centuryflying, through a focus on three famous flyers whose 'first acts'--the feats for which they initially became famous--werepreludes to heroic participation by each man in the Pacific theater of combat during World War II. Rickenbacker, a lauded World War Iflying ace who struggled in business between the wars, was one of the survivors of a grueling ocean ordeal after his plane went down inthe Pacific. Doolittle, already known as a test pilot who proved a plane could be flown by instruments alone, became better known forleading a daring bombing raid over Tokyo in 1942. Lindbergh, famous for making the first successful solo trans-Atlantic flight, requestedflying duty in the South Pacific in his 40's. The Aviators serves as a general biography of all three flyers, and as an exploration oftheir inspirations as pilots and of their lives as famous men, each of whom was awarded the Medal of Honor.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
About the Author
Written by gifted storyteller Winston Groom (author of Forrest Gump
), The Aviators
tells the saga of three extraordinary aviators--Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Jimmy Doolittle--and how they redefine heroism through their genius, daring, and uncommon courage.
This is 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 Harbor; 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 Honor (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."