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At the turn of the twentieth century two new technologies----the
car and airplane----took the nation's imagination by storm as they
burst, like comets, into American life.   The brave souls who
leaped into these dangerous contraptions and pushed them to
unexplored extremes became new American heroes: the racecar
driver and the flying ace.

No individual did more to create and intensify these raw new
roles than the tall, gangly Eddie Rickenbacker, who defied death
over and over with such courage and pluck that a generation of
Americans came to know his face better than the president's.
Enduring Courage
by John F. Ross
St. Martin Press, N.Y. 2014