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Yeager: An Autobiography [School & Library Binding]

Chuck Yeager , Leo Janos
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Oct 1999
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 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 enaging in do-or-die dogfights over Nazi Europe.  How after being shot over occupied France, Yeager somehow managed to escape.  The amazing behind-the-scenes story of smashing the sound barrier despite cracked ribs from a riding accident days before.

The entire story is here, in Yeager's own words, and in wondeful 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.
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  • School & Library Binding: 435 pages
  • Publisher: San Val (Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613193237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613193238
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.3 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,731,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yeager personafied the WWII generation, the finest ever produced by America. His humble description of his amazing life is inspiring to all and incredible to those with a love of aviation. Besides his own history, he chronicles the life of several other people, such as lady pilots Pancho Barnes and Jackie Cochran, who also lived lives that read like movie scripts. A book that has to be read several times to be fully appreciated. Also check out "The First and the Last", by Adolf Galland, for an equally unusual true account by a great aviator and leader. Farron Dacus, Irving, Texas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have little to add to all the praise... 15 Jun 2005
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... except that Iam an aviation enthusiast and a rather picky reader. And I just could not put this book down - I even read it at work, hidden behing a pile of correspondence :)
Well written, entertaining, honest, and informative - I happen to be an engineer, but I thing even the lay(wo)man, the few technical descriptions are not too boring.
Best read since "Skunkworks" by Ben R. Rich and Leo Janos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence 27 Oct 2003
As the wife of an aviation enthusiast, I have read quite a few aviation novels over the years.
Out of curiosity I picked this book up: I was hooked from the opening line, gripped and hugely entertained by the various stories and I seriously did not want the narrative to finish! What a wonderful story from beginning to end - even more so given that it was real life. A top book by a top man - what a privilege to have "shared" in the wonder years.
With the retirement of Concorde last week, it was all the more poignant for me to have finished this book about the start of the supersonic age on the same day as Concorde's last commercial flight!
Definitely for flyers and non-flyers alike.
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Iam a fan of everything which has to do with aviation and a pilot as well. So i've got plenty of literature on flying, but this is definite one of the best books i've got.
Christian D.J. Waschke (please excuse my poor english)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review on Yeager 24 July 2013
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Most probably the best factual book on a combat pilot that has ever been written. General Yeager is without doubt one of the world's heros. His quiet and unassuming approach to his career is nothing short of wonderful and he is an inspiration to all generations. I sincerely hope that the General has many more years ahead of him but when he eventually moves on to a higher plain, the world will be short of one of the most gifted and talented combat pilots who ever strapped themselves into a fighter jet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Story Beneath the Story. 18 April 2013
General "Chuck" Yeager and the breaking of the sound barrier will be forever inextricably linked. However, there was far more to his amazing life than that momentous day in 1947. There were his wartime efforts, both aloft and on the ground after he was shot down. Perhaps more than anything, it is the story of the journey of a simple country boy who grew into a man known across the world. An inspirational book and highly recommended.

Owen Zupp
Author: '50 Tales of Flight'
50 Tales of Flight: From Biplanes to Boeings
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5.0 out of 5 stars One in a Million Flyer 31 Mar 2013
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Great life story of a natural and brave pilot.
Can`t say I would have liked to have served with him in real life as he sounds a bit of a maverick but this is a must read for anyone who grew up in the post war era and loves aviation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yeager 12 Feb 2013
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A fascinating book about the man who was not only the 1st man to break the sound barrier, but the 1st american to make a home run (to escape from occupied europe after being shot down over France), and become an Ace in a day, by destroying 5 enemy aircraft in one mission. Co.-written by Yeager and Leo Janos, his life story is just a rattling good read.
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