The Many Lives of Eddie Rickenbacker (Biographies for Young Readers) (Paperback)

By Andrew Speno

Ohio University Press, 9780821424315, 144pp.

Publication Date: October 6, 2020

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Hardcover (10/6/2020)

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The life story of a daredevil who became a war hero will fascinate adventurous young readers with its tales of survival.

At age thirteen, following the death of his father, young Eddie dropped out of school and joined the workforce. Through a combination of smarts, hard work, and perseverance, Rickenbacker would grow up to become an automobile mechanic, a race car driver, a fighter pilot, an entrepreneur, a war hero, a business executive, and a staunch advocate for hard work and personal responsibility.

Along the way he lived on the line between recklessness and courage. He survived dozens of accidents, coming close to death more than once. During the earliest years of American automobile racing, Rickenbacker was “the most daring and withal the most cautious driver” on the circuit. How could he have been both daring and cautious? This book invites young readers to decide for themselves as they follow Rickenbacker on his many hair-raising adventures.

About the Author

Andrew Speno is a teacher and the author of The Great American Foot Race. He enjoys cooking, listening to live music, attending live theater, and playing Go. He and his family live in Cincinnati.

Praise For The Many Lives of Eddie Rickenbacker (Biographies for Young Readers)

“A fast-paced, white-knuckle thrill ride from start to finish, Speno’s book takes young readers from the racetracks of the Indy 500 to the bullet-riddled skies of World War I, bringing them along on the exciting, action-packed journey of one of America’s greatest war heroes.”—Ben Thompson, author of the Guts & Glory series