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Robert Lee Scott was larger than life. An Eagle Scout and a high school dropout, the young man from Macon, Georgia used dogged determination to achieve his dream of becoming a famed fighter pilot. In Double Ace, veteran biographer Robert Coram, himself a Georgia man, provides readers with an unprecedented look at the defining characteristics that made "Scotty" a uniquely American hero.
First capturing national attention during World War II, Scott flew missions in China alongside the infamous "Flying Tigers" where his reckless courage and eleven confirmed kills made headlines. Upon returning home, Scott's memoir, brashly titled God is My Co-Pilot, became an instant bestseller and a successful film. As an older man, Scott traveled the entire length of China's Great Wall and helped found Georgia's Museum of Aviation, which stills welcomes 600,000 visitors annually.
Yet, Scott's life was not without difficulty. His single-minded pursuit of greatness was offset by debilitating bouts of depression and his brashness placed him at odds with superior officers, wreaking havoc on his career. What wealth he gained he squandered, and his numerous public affairs destroyed his relationships with his wife and child.
Written in deft style backed by meticulous research, Double Ace brings Scott's uniquely American character to life and captures Scott's fascinating exploits alongside his frustrating foibles.