Race of Aces: WWII's Elite Airmen and the Epic Battle to Become the Master of the Sky

Written by:
John R Bruning
Narrated by:
Brian Troxell

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2020
16 hours 53 minutes
The astonishing untold story of the WWII airmen who risked it all in the deadly race to become the greatest American fighter pilot.
In 1942, America's deadliest fighter pilot, or 'ace of aces' -- the legendary Eddie Rickenbacker -- offered a bottle of bourbon to the first U.S. fighter pilot to break his record of twenty-six enemy planes shot down. Seizing on the challenge to motivate his men, General George Kenney promoted what they would come to call the 'race of aces' as a way of boosting the spirits of his war-weary command.
What developed was a wild three-year sprint for fame and glory, and the chance to be called America's greatest fighter pilot. The story has never been told until now.
Based on new research and full of revelations, John Bruning's brilliant, original book tells the story of how five American pilots contended for personal glory in the Pacific while leading Kenney's resurgent air force against the most formidable enemy America ever faced.
The pilots -- Richard Bong, Tommy McGuire, Neel Kearby, Charles MacDonald and Gerald Johnson -- riveted the nation as they contended for Rickenbacker's crown. As their scores mounted, they transformed themselves from farm boys and aspiring dentists into artists of the modern dogfight.
But as the race reached its climax, some of the pilots began to see how the spotlight warped their sense of duty. They emerged as leaders, beloved by their men as they chose selfless devotion over national accolades.
Teeming with action all across the vast Pacific theater, Race of Aces is a fascinating exploration of the boundary between honorable duty, personal glory, and the complex landscape of the human heart.
'Brings you into the cockpit of the lethal, fast-paced world of fighter pilots . . . Fascinating.' -- Sara Vladic'Extraordinary . . . a must-read.' -- US Navy Captain Dan Pedersen'A heart-pounding narrative of the courage, sacrifice, and tragedy of America's elite fighter pilots.' -- James M. Scott'Vivid and gripping . . . Confirms Bruning's status as the premier war historian of the air.' -- Saul David
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Lee W.

Spectacular !

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Dio F.

What a great and captivating book. An amazingly well done research that brought to life the sacrifice and torment endured by these men and their families.

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LaMarr A.

READ!! Especially our young people. A remarkably enlightening history of WWII's Pacific air war front. I didn't know about the air battles except Flying Tigers and Doolittle's raid. This excellent book demonstrates how little our education system teaches very important national history...and the sacrifices and toughness of our parents and grandparents.....Sadly, our society today ignores and criminally takes for granted why we are free nation. Having learned from this book brought much sadness about to where we have subsequently sank are as a nation today. But the book is an eyeopening illustration which is read in vivid and gripping manner.

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