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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (92 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eddie V. Rickenbacker Narrator: John Pruden Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781452676951
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Fighting the Flying Circus is a collection of memoirs by Eddie V. Rickenbacker, a World War I fighter ace and Medal of Honor recipient, originally published in 1919.

Captain Eddie V. Rickenbacker, originally from Ohio, was best known as one of the commanders of the 94th “Hat-in-the-Ring” Squadron, a crack unit of pilots that included many former members of the famed Lafayette Escadrille. The 94th ended the war in France with the highest number of air victories of any American squadron. Captain Rickenbacker later belonged to an association of pilots and Great War air veterans who, in the years immediately following the Second World War, invited many of the new “young” aces from the Pacific and European theaters for informal lectures. These men never lost their keen interest in aviation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “John Pruden…happens to have one of those golden voices…This was a fascinating book…I always thought Eddie Rickenbacker was larger than life. This combat diary added an unexpected touch of humility to him. I highly recommend this book to any reader interested in the history of the United States Air Force.”

    Major Joel Rudy, USAF

  • “Pruden’s performance brings out the author’s competiveness and cockiness as well as his recognition of his inexperience. Rickenbacker’s story shows the ability of the American soldier to adapt to combat.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 11/3/2013

    " Great description of the dangers of flying in WWI. That it was written by Richenbacker himself is a huge bonus. Clearly brings home the situation that they were fighting a war at the same time they were still figuring out just how to fly airplanes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 7/19/2013

    " Ok just do your best to enjoy this impossibly true story. Next search far and wide for his auto biography that will stun you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 6/22/2013

    " I have another of captain Eddie's books that he personally autographed to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Curtiss | 5/16/2013

    " The first-hand account of early aerial combat, by America's top-scoring ace of World War I. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh Hamacher | 2/16/2013

    " A fast, very interesting read. Rickenbacker was the top American air ace of World War 1 with 26 confirmed kills. This is the story of his time at the front, which spanned less than a year. If you're interested in a real-life account of early air warfare, this book is not to be missed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale Offret | 2/9/2013

    " I enjoyed the first hand narrative of flying in WW1. Eddie brings a fresh perspective to war history. I learned more about early air combat from this book than a few hours watching the history channel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 6/21/2012

    " actually have an old paperback of this "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter J. | 6/19/2012

    " Started good but got boring later. "

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About the Author

Eddie V. Rickenbacker (1890–1973) was an American fighter ace in World War I and a Medal of Honor recipient. He was also a race car driver and automotive designer, a government consultant in military matters, and a pioneer in air transportation, particularly as the longtime head of Eastern Air Lines.

About the Narrator

John Pruden is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. His exposure to many people, places, and experiences throughout his life provides a deep creative well from which he draws his narrative and vocal characterizations. His narration of The Killing of Crazy Horse by Thomas Powers was chosen by the Washington Post as a Best Audiobook of 2010.