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#1 MULTI-MILLION-COPY BESTSELLER • A one-of-a-kind portrait of a true American hero: General Chuck Yeager 
“The secret of my success is that I always managed to live to fly another day.”
General Chuck Yeager was the greatest test pilot of them all—the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound . . . the World War II flying ace who shot down a Messerschmitt jet with a prop-driven P-51 Mustang . . . the hero who defined a certain quality that all hotshot fly-boys of the postwar era aimed to achieve: the right stuff.

Now he tells his whole incredible life story with the same “wide-open, full throttle” approach that has marked his astonishing career. What it was really like engaging in do-or-die dogfights over Nazi Europe. How after being shot down over occupied France, Yeager somehow managed to escape.  The amazing behind-the-scenes story of smashing the sound barrier despite cracked ribs from a riding accident days before.

The entire story is here, in Yeager’s own words, and in wonderful insights from his wife and those friends and colleagues who have known him best. It is the personal and public story of a man who settled for nothing less than excellence.

Biographies & Memoirs
Chris Browning
hr min
February 4
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

HuskerGuy7 ,

Real bravery and a true American hero!

I’ve read this book at least 8-10 times beginning in the late 80’s when I was in high school. I was excited to see it in audiobook format.

Chuck Yeager is a true American hero with bravery many have not matched! Climbing into test aircraft during the early days of flight testing without the aid of super computers and simulators was always a gamble. Instinct and innate ability helped him survive with just a pinch of luck for good measure. One of my hero’s from an early age. Thank you for your service general!

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