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Yeager: An Autobiography School & Library Binding – Oct 1999

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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 (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,981,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jan. 1999
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MusicMan100 on 24 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
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. I have two great heroes, Chuck Yeager and Bill Bridgeman.

This book by Chuck is an unputdownable volume of the life of one of the greatest pioneers in aviation, from his experiences as a WWII Fighter pilot up through his experiences with the Bell X-I aircraft in which he became the first pilot to exceed Mach-1 in 1947.

If you have the slightest interest in aviation and in particular the story of the early, really exciting and ground-breaking experimental days of modern flying by someone who was there and actively "pushed the envelope", you will not be disappointed. The thing that shines through (to me at least) is the sheer professionalism and dedication of the man, he relates his experiences in such a down-to-earth and sincere way it is almost like being with him all through his very active life as a professional flyer.

I mentioned earlier another great pioneer of supersonic flight, Bill Bridgeman (Douglas Skyrocket pilot). I also highly recommend his book "The Lonely Sky" (available also from Amazon). These books complement each other as Chuck and Bill flew together on test flights and refer to each other in their books. Both books are a must, get them both!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SammiCat on 27 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "kazmierczyk" on 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.
RECOMMENDED!!
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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
place.
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 By A Customer on 21 Dec. 1999
Format: Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
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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General Yeager quite clearly never pulled any punches during his flying career, and neither does he here. In a brisk, readable style the events of his remarkable life are proudly displayed without gloss or conceit. Its almost a shame that he is known today for one achievement, which as he explains was really one of his lesser accomplishments. The book is leavened by the reminiscences of Mrs Yeager and of many of his friends and associates, adding colour and perspective to an already compelling account. Makes you want to shake his hand.
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