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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: 17.3 x 10.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,950,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
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 The First and book I Read more than 10 Times 4 July 1996
By A Customer
Yeager is an extremley exceptional man, He is the man who
have accomplish so much in his life, The first time I saw
his book in the store, I said to my self, what is this bald
old man doing in the front of the F-20 Fighter ?, I was curious
so I bought it.
At home when I read it, I just can't take my eyes away from
the pages, His courage is very exceptional, His love to Glennis
is something to be envy, but those thing doesn't made him a
Superman, He also have many flaws here and there, The Most
exciting part of his book is when he was in England figthing in
World war II, That's will show us how a young poeple like him and
his buddy deal with death as a fact of life, and how his fear and
excitement were mixed up in that period. His days as a Test Pilot
is also fun to read too, for me the most exciting part of this
period is not when he broke the sound barrier, but is the part
when he describe the daily life with his friend and his hang out
Reading Yeager we read about a life of a hillbilly who happens
to be the righterous heir of the Right Stuff and he is the
one who will not die with a frown in his face
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have little to add to all the praise... 15 Jun 2005
Format:School & Library Binding
... 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 A lifetime of aviation excellence... 30 Jun 1998
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If you love first-hand combat accounts, this is the book for you. If you want to learn about the second golden age of aviation, this is the book for you. If you want to see a shining example of endurance, bravery, skill, and incredible luck, this is the book for you. Chuck Yeager proves that there are still some old, bold pilots around with style, dignity, and flair. If you love aircraft and aviation, you can't miss "Yeager"!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book and you won't put it down. 18 May 1999
By A Customer
Chuck Yeager is a living legend. I have read this fantastic biography at least 15 times now and it never bores me. It is written in a no nonsense, straight from the horses mouth way that is just so well written. Learn about how man broke the sound barrier, the first tentative steps into space and a whole lot more.
Chuck Yeager is probably the finest pilot man has ever known and if you read this book, you will catch my drift.
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By A Customer
There are few pilots, few people, that have lived a life as
full as Chuck Yeager. World War II Ace, Jet/Rocket plane
test pilot, countless records and historical landmarks, and
a true American hero.

This autobiography reads better than a movie and keeps you
riveted to the pages through 50 years of this legend's life.
If you like Tom Clancy, you'll love Yeager: An Autobiography,
because what Clancy imagines, Chuck Yeager did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this
Some people say the guy comes across as boastful and a jerk, but I didn't feel this at all. It doesn't sound like boasting to me; he's just recounting the events of an amazing life... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Romanski
5.0 out of 5 stars Review on Yeager
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. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Peter David
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story Beneath the Story.
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. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Owen Zupp
5.0 out of 5 stars One in a Million Flyer
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... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sebringnut
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeager
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... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tim Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, rapid delivery from US to UK
I have often wanted to learn more about General Yaeger, but didn't quite get around to getting his biography. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. M. Stickley
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I have been interested, indeed obsessed, with aviation since a teenager in the 50's and have followed the development of experimental aircraft with a passion. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2011 by MusicMan100
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest aviation auto biography
An old favorite, the story of the first man to break the sound barrier. Exciting, even at times funny. Well recommended.
Published on 11 Mar 2009 by Duke 1968
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I have had this book for many years, given to me as a child and until now unread. Sorting through boxes of books to sell at a car boot sale, i stumbled upon this amazing book. Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2007 by Martin Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars No punches pulled
General Yeager quite clearly never pulled any punches during his flying career, and neither does he here. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2001 by simonjgarrett@hotmail.com
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