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“Brings you into the cockpit of the deadly, fast moving international of fighter pilots…Attention-grabbing.” — Sara Vladic

“Atypical…A should-learn.” — US Military Captain Dan Pedersen

“A middle-pounding narrative of the braveness, sacrifice, and tragedy of The united states’s elite fighter pilots.” — James M. Scott
“Vibrant and gripping…Confirms Bruning’s standing because the most reliable warfare historian of the air.” — Saul David


The unbelievable untold tale of the WWII airmen who risked all of it within the fatal race to develop into the best American fighter pilot.


In 1942, The united states’s deadliest fighter pilot, or “ace of aces” — the mythical Eddie Rickenbacker — presented a bottle of bourbon to the primary U.S. fighter pilot to damage his report of twenty-six enemy planes shot down. Seizing at the problem to encourage his males, Normal George Kenney promoted what they might come to name the “race of aces” as some way of boosting the spirits of his warfare-weary command.

What advanced used to be a wild 3-yr dash for reputation and glory, and the danger to be referred to as The united states’s biggest fighter pilot. The tale hasn’t ever been advised till now.

In line with new analysis and stuffed with revelations, John Bruning’s sensible, unique e-book tells The tale of the way 5 American pilots contended for private glory within the Pacific even as best Kenney’s resurgent air pressure towards essentially the most bold enemy The united states ever confronted.

The pilots — Richard Bong, Tommy McGuire, Neel Kearby, Charles MacDonald and Gerald Johnson — riveted the country as they contended for Rickenbacker’s crown. As their rankings fixed, they reworked themselves from farm boys and aspiring dentists into artists of the brand new dogfight.

However because the race reached its climax, one of the most pilots started to peer how the highlight warped their feel of accountability. They emerged as leaders, cherished via their males as they selected selfless devotion over nationwide accolades.

Teeming with motion all around the huge Pacific theater, Race of Aces is an interesting exploration of the boundary among honorable accountability, non-public glory, and the advanced panorama of the human middle.

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