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#4551850 - 01/11/21 07:06 PM Yeager  
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Yeager an Autobiography

With General Yeagers passing his autobiography went to the top of my reading list. I have read it before, twice I believe, and it still grabs you and keeps you interested. Few have lived a fuller more exciting life and fewer still lived to tell the tale.

He comes across a bit braggadocious in spots but he also tempers that by crediting luck for much of his success.

"Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which The Party is always right." - George Orwell, 1984
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#4552087 - 01/13/21 10:24 AM Re: Yeager [Re: F4UDash4]  
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I have also read it a couple of times, and it is not my favourite pilot autobiography by far. I mean, his accomplishments speak for themselves, but the way he constantly toots his own horn is a bit jarring. Compare it for example to his friend Bob Hoover’s biography. It reads completely differently, I like his style much better.

In all my years I've never seen the like. It has to be more than a hundred sea miles and he brings us up on his tail. That's seamanship, Mr. Pullings. My God, that's seamanship!

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