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Eddie Rickenbacker: WWI Ace

May 9, 2014

A century ago, America got hooked on speed. On the ground, speed meant motor cars and in the air, it meant planes. All that speed was delivered by the internal combustion engine, and no one represented the new world of motor speed better than Eddie Rickenbacker. He was not only a champion race-car driver, but also the greatest of World War I flying aces.

On Friday's Central Standard, Monroe Dodd spoke with author John Ross about his new book, Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed. The conversation takes listeners on a death-defying ride with Rickenbacker. What made him do the things he did, and why did Americans of the early 20th century love him for it?