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From Winston Groom, the best-selling author of Forrest Gump, Shiloh 1862, and Vicksburg 1863, comes the fascinating story of three extraordinary heroes who defined aviation during the great age of flight. These cleverly interwoven tales of their heart-stopping adventures take us from the feats of World War I through the heroism of World War II and beyond, including daring military raids and survival-at-sea, and will appeal to fans of Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken, Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation, and James Bradley's Flyboys.

With the world in peril in World War II, each of the men profiled here set aside great success and comfort to return to the skies for his most daring mission yet: Jimmy Doolittle, a brilliant aviation innovator, would lead the daring Tokyo Raid to retaliate for Pearl Harbor. Charles Lindbergh, hero of the first solo flight across the Atlantic, would fly combat missions in the South Pacific. And Eddie Rickenbacker, World War I flying ace, would bravely hold his crew together while facing near-starvation and circling sharks after his plane went down in a remote part of the Pacific. Groom's rich narrative tells their intertwined stories—from broken homes to Medals of Honor (all three would receive it), barnstorming to the greatest raid of World War II, front-page triumph to anguished tragedy, and near-death to ultimate survival—as all took to the sky, time and again, to become exemplars of the spirit of the "greatest generation."


  • Hardcover
  • 464 pages; 41 black-and-white photographs and four maps
  • 6" x 9"
  • © 2013

About the Author

Winston Groom is the author of 14 previous books of nonfiction and fiction, including Shiloh 1862, Vicksburg 1863, Patriotic Fire, Shrouds of Glory, Forrest Gump, and Conversations with the Enemy (with Duncan Spencer), which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He lives with his wife and daughter in Point Clear, Alabama.



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Regular Book

By Grits

from Colorado

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  • Interesting Subject Matte


  • No Glossy Pictures

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  • A gift

Comments about The Aviators:

This is a gift - I thought it had prose and glossy pictures and was a bigger book. Upon receipt I see it is a reading book with a few newspaper type print pictures. Was a little disappointed.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Great story, bad history

By Bob

from Chapel Hill, NC


  • Interesting Story Of Ther


  • Has Glaring Errors

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    Comments about The Aviators:

    The author is a fine storyteller but was woefully weak on his knowledge of related history. He wrote, for example, "in the spring of 1940 Hitler quickly attacked and conquered, in turn, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Belgium, and France." Sweden was neutral throughout the war, Finland fought on the side of Germany against the Soviet Union, and the author doesn't mentioned Luxembourg being conquered by the Third Reich. Also, he completely misunderstands the 1940 Battle of Britain, a major event in the European conflict. He concludes the Luftwaffe lost the fighter war with the British due to the low octane rating of their aviation fuel. This, to put it bluntly, is ludicrous

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