Race of Aces By John R. Bruning

  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Release date: 01-14-20

Race of Aces AudioBook Summary

“Brings you into the cockpit of the lethal, fast-paced world of fighter pilots…Fascinating.” (Sara Vladic, New York Times best-selling coauthor of Indianapolis)

“Extraordinary…A must-read.” (US Navy Captain Dan Pedersen, founder of the Topgun program and best-selling author of Topgun: An American Story)

“A heart-pounding narrative of the courage, sacrifice, and tragedy of America’s elite fighter pilots.” (James M. Scott, Pulitzer Prize finalist and best-selling author of Target Tokyo and Rampage)

“Vivid and gripping…Confirms Bruning’s status as the premier war historian of the air.” (Saul David, author of The Force and Operation Thunderbolt)

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 US fighter pilot to break his record of 26 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.

File Size: 451.18 MB

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