National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: April 29, 2014

National Archives at Kansas City

John F. Ross to Discuss Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker at the Dawn of the Age of Speed at the National Archives

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)…On Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives will host John R. Ross for a discussion and signing of his new book Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the program.

In this new book by John F. Ross, Enduring Courage chronicles the extraordinary life of Eddie Rickenbacker, a largely forgotten American hero of the highest caliber. Born to poor German immigrants, Rickenbacker rose from nothing to become first a famous racecar driver, then the ace of ace pilots during WWI, and later a successful businessman as CEO of Eastern Air Lines. Truly a man who lived nine lives, he evaded death dozens of times and miraculously survived two plane crashes’ including one on a secret mission in the Pacific during WWII, which left him and others adrift on rafts for three weeks (a la Louis Zamperini). A mesmerizing tale of an American legend, the events of Rickenbacker’s life are so incredible that readers won’t dare take their eyes off the page.

To make a reservation for this free program call 816-268-8010 or email kansascity.educate@nara.gov. Copies of Enduring Courage will be available for purchase onsite courtesy of Rainy Day Books.

About the Author

John F. Ross is the author of War on the Run: The Epic Story of Robert Rogers and the Conquest of America's First Frontier. Winner of the Fort Ticonderoga Prize for Contributions to American History, he has served as the Executive Editor of American Heritage and on the Board of Editors at Smithsonian magazine. His articles have been published in Reader’s Digest, Parade, The New York Times, Newsweek, and the Washington Post, and he has appeared on more than fifty radio and television programs. He has worked closely with and edited more than two dozen Pulitzer-prize winning writers.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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