Press On!: Further Adventures in the Good Life

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From flying daredevil combat missions over Nazi Germany and shattering records as test pilot to his annual trip into California’s rugged sierras, General Chuck Yeager has always been a restless adventurer in search of new challenges. Now General Yeager is back in the cockpit in a book that exemplifies his special brand of living—full out and straight ahead.
 
Like Yeager, his record-breaking best-selling autobiography, Press On! is chock-full of the general’s own brand of rugged individualism. In Press On! you’ll roam the world with Chuck Yeager in search of adventure: from a close brush with death in a remote corner of New Zealand to backpacking at 14,000 feet in the high sierras and flycasting in Scotland to deer hunting in Texas and catching a 267-pound Alaskan halibut—on a forty-pound test line! And you’ll travel back with him to his roots among the rough-hewn, honest mountain folk of West Virginia and the remarkable people and experiences that influence him to this day.
 
Here is life as only Chuck Yeager can live it, with anecdotes and insights from his best friends, flying buddies, family, and his wife of more than forty years. Here is the real Chuck Yeager, a man in his sixties who still lives life on the edge, facing new challenges and risks with an indefatigable spirit of adventure that can be summed up in one simple phrase: Press on!

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In this informal, pleasantly rambling account written with Newsweek editor Leerhsen, the sound-barrier-busting air pioneer recalls hunting and fishing adventures, and talks interestingly about his passion for fixing machines and growing up in West Virginia. His wife Glennis, pal Bud Anderson, brother Hal and several other friends and admirers chime in now and then, filling in details the taciturn general leaves out. Anderson, for instance, thinks fun is Yeager's middle name, and offers examples of his aggressive pursuit of it in far-flung wildernesses. Hal remarks that his brother "will never be confused with Leo Buscaglia," and goes on to discuss the emotional self-control and stoicism that is a family tradition. The general himself comes across as a likable, uncomplicated guy with a wry sense of humor who has developed the ability to enjoy himself in mountainous boondocks into something of an art. As this memoir indicates, there is probably no better companion on a long-range backpacking trek into the Sierra. Yeager, uninterested in "this hero business," acknowledges that although Tom Wolfe is a nice fellow, "I've never understood a lot of what he was driving at" in The Right Stuff . The general much prefers reading Louis L'Amour.
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From Library Journal:

Carrying on in the style of Yeager , the General regales readers with entertaining tales of his post-military adventures, his home life, and, most of all, his love of the outdoors. In fact, this entry belongs more in the hunting and fishing section than in aviation history, since there are pages on mountain backpacking. The philosophy (expressed in the title) and personal makeup of that younger fighter pilot are still evident, however. The remainder of the book is a description of his daily life, coping with what he wryly calls "the hero business" and what he sees as his obligation to his public. Yeager never heard of "the right stuff" before Tom Wolfe coined the term, but if personal style and confidence are part of that "stuff," Yeager certainly has it. Mel D. Lane, Sacramento, Cal.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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