Double Ace: The Life of Robert Lee Scott Jr., Pilot, Hero, and Teller of Tall Tales Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
©2016 Robert Coram (P)2016 Tantor
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 23 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 23, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#253,688 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#235 in Air Forces Military History
#337 in World War II Biographies
#1,657 in World War II History (Audible Books & Originals)
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Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2016
In Double Ace, Robert Coram does an incredible job spinning a fascinating tale about Brigadier General Robert L. Scott, Jr., one of America’s more controversial heroes of World War II. To his credit, Coram paints the picture of a complicated man whose tall tales stretched (or sometimes completely ignored) the truth. The warmth of Scott’s personality in “bugling” his way through stories contrasts with his selfishness in ignoring his wife and child and his multiple extramarital affairs. Coram went to great lengths to plumb the depths of Scott’s own multiple narratives of his life to find some strand of truth. He even dug to find the original accident reports or other documentary evidence to find an objective touchstone for many of Scott’s stories. I found myself surprised, however, that in a book that seeks to put tall tales to rest, the author perpetuated some some tall tales and stereotypes of his own. For example, he passes on the story of Wendell Willkie and Madame Chiang having an affair – a rumor now known to have little validity. He also ignores much of the complexity of World War II China and is instead satisfied to paint a simplistic caricature of Chennault, Stilwell, and particularly Chiang. To simply paint the Nationalist regime as one held together by the force of Song Meiling’s personality and to paint Chiang as a corrupt petty-tyrant, is to make the same mistakes that led to American disaster in China in the first place. The problem seems to stem from Coram’s overreliance on anecdotal histories of the theater – other biographies and autobiographies make up most of his source material for characterizing the war in China. That being said, Double Ace is the best CBI-related biography to hit the shelves in some time. In both quality of research and writing, it is clearly superior to the recent When Tigers Ruled the Sky.
9 people found this helpful
I have been reading God is My Co-Pilot over the last 56 years many times (worn out the original paperback) and feel like I underReviewed in the United States on September 30, 2016
Puts everything into perspective. I have been reading God is My Co-Pilot over the last 56 years many times (worn out the original paperback) and feel like I understand more now who Colonel Robert Scott was as a whole person.
5 people found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2016
Coram has several outstanding biographies of military figures who made significant marks ... generals and non-generals. He has reached back to update attention on a very unique character. And what a character! The book starts a little slowly, but keeps getting more-and-more exciting. It is highly recommended.
2 people found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2017
Entertaining story involving many of the military heroes of my youth, with amusing, if sometimes questionable, details about Robert L. Scott, Jr. The author is obviously a talented and skilled writer, but I was put off by his sometimes casual, even outright incorrect, military "facts." "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell was a highly accomplished general. No, the Marines were not the only service fighting in the Pacific -- the Army had a number of divisions fighting there. And, on a simpler level but still upsetting, no, the pace for soldiers marching at quick time is not 105 steps per minute.
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Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2021
Very early in World War II Japan invaded china. China turn to professional fighter pilots to help them with stand the Japanese. Hence, the flying tigers pilots were paid to shoot down Japanese Zeros. In prior wars in early history they would have been called mercenaries.Here, the flying tigers were heroes. JRU
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2017
This is ine many books by Robert Coram, which I consider as favorites... he is a masterful author and his works never disappoint. Outstanding read!