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Born and raised on a farm in Indiana, Victor Boesen left the University of Missouri School of Journalism as the Great Depression settled over the land. He became a reporter in Chicago and served as a correspondent in World War II. He has written nine books, two with co-authors.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Backinprint.com (November 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059537820X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595378203
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,671,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Hackney on August 14, 2009
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I am a pilot and I was curious to know more about the guy who designed the jet I once flew. I had known Bill Lear was quite an inventor and electronics whiz, but didn't realize to what extent. This book lays out a general foundation of Bill's early life, how he made (and lost) fortunes, and the political trouble he had with his inventions regardless of how technically superior they happened to be at the time. His story is "incredible", but the book ends prematurely in my opinion. The final chapters deal with his pursuit of a vapor engine but end abruptly without any clue as to what happened. (History has subsequently shown that the mass-market has not wholly embraced the idea) My hope is that the other books about Bill reveal what happened with the turbine project and why it never progressed.

The one thing I found amusing was that the name for his daughter, Shanda actually was suggested by his father-in-law. Glad to see he had a sense of humor.
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I met him at Transp and he had a strong hand shake. No pussy footing about him. I have enjoyed all the information
about him the bad as well as the good. He was a human being but very rare person.
W.W.Martin
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So well documented and interesting factual delivery in story form of Lears life and genius.
Inventor entrepreneur salesman and statesman extraordinarily gifted and tireless in all his pursuits.
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By Eric Guisinger on February 14, 2014
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Well written and informative. Fast, easy read. And I don't believe you actually required me to to thirteen more useless word into a review that was concisely written.
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