Top positive review
6 people found this helpful
A classic you can't put down if you enjoy action and what heroism is all about.
on October 11, 2014
.. Probably among the ten best books I've ever read, and at my age (83) I've read a lot of 'em. There's so much good about this book I hardly know where to start. I was so impressed with both Robin Olds' exploits and the way the book was written I bought two more as loaners for friends, who were equally impressed. This is one of those books that will keep you up late at night and destroy your daily routine because it is hard to put down. I learned much about the air wars of WW2 and Viet-Nam, the West Point "old-boy" network, the disfunctional way the Pentagon and DOD works, and the way a true hero bends the rules when necessary. ... Can't recommend this book high enough as a combination of entertainment, history, and the story of a true hero. Patton and Olds would have understood one another.
Olds himself, using his collection of notes, completed most of the book before passing away before final completion. The book was finished and final edited posthumously by his daughter and another combat experienced fighter pilot who helped keep things technically straight.
I can't rate this book high enough. You won't be disappointed.