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Lindbergh (Hardback)

By Berg, A. Scott

In May 1927 Lindbergh became the first solo pilot to cross the Atlantic non-stop. The media attention he received intensified in 1932 when his 20-month-old baby was kidnapped. This biography reveals the many facets of the private Lindbergh.

ISBN 9780333735787
Published 23 October 1998 by Pan Macmillan
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780333735787
ISBN-10 0333735781
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Macmillan
Publication Date 23 October 1998
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Berg, A. Scott
Category Biography & Autobiography
Aerospace & Aviation Technology
Number of Pages 640
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Weight 1,125g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Air pilots, United States, Biography
NBS Text Biography: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 629.13092
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

In May 1927 Lindbergh became the first solo pilot to cross the Atlantic non-stop. He had spent over 33 hours in the air and was feted as a new American hero. The media attention he received intensified in 1932 when his 20-month-old baby was kidnapped. The infamous Lindbergh baby was later found dead and the trial of the assumed kidnapper, Bruno Richard Hauptmann, generated a public hysteria which forced the Lindberghs into exile in Europe. Linbergh's admiration for the Nazi regime in Germany brought him a decoration from Hermann Goering and, upon his return to America in 1939, he became a leading spokesman of the America First facist movement but public opinion began to turn against him. When the United States entered the war, Lindbergh offered to enlist in the Air Force but Roosevelt refused to let him serve although he later flew in many unofficial combat missions in the South Pacific. This biography reveals the many facets of the private Lindbergh.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

UK Review Charles Lindbergh is remembered, these days, as much for his alleged fascist activities and the dreadful story of the kidnapping and murder of his little son as for his astonishing early Atlantic crossing in a frail, buffeted aeroplane. This biography, if it does not altogether excuse his enthusiastic support of Hitler and the Nazis, does at least explain it; while the story of the kidnapping is told in appalling detail. Finally, Lindbergh's life-long romance with the idea of flight is explored, and his place in the history of aviation affirmed. The best available biography of the subject. (Kirkus UK)
US Review A magisterial work chronicling the life of a great American hero, from a National Book Award - winning author. If you're writing a biography, choosing a subject involved in both one of the century's great adventures and one of its great tragedies is a good start. If you go beyond a barrier-breaking flight to Paris and a baby's kidnapping and can still draw upon controversial opposition to entering WWII and major contributions to the development of commercial aviation, so much the better. That this figure was also constantly in the media spotlight, regularly met with leading luminaries throughout the world, and had a wife whose life and accomplishments are fascinating in their own right, you have the substantive ingredients for a great biography. Fortunately for all of us, Berg (Goldwyn: A Biography, 1989; Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, 1978.) does a superb job with this material. His account of Lindbergh's life is detailed without plodding, and extensive without seeming long; the pace is excellent throughout, with the reader continually drawn forward by the prose, even though one already knows what is going to happen. Berg's perspective on Lindbergh is admiring but not fawning or unbalanced. Despite the appropriate respect accorded a man who genuinely did great things, Berg does not shy away from Lindbergh's apparent anti-Semitism, his rigidity as a parent, regular absences as a husband, and lifelong restlessness. There's an evenhanded look at Lindbergh's trips to Germany and politics prior to WWII, and the insights into Lindbergh's relations with the press are particularly interesting. As the first real media star, Lindbergh had an extreme reaction to the constant hounding by reporters and photographers - unprecedented in his day - that becomes understandable. Imagine coverage of Michael Jordan after the NBA finals, the O.J. Simpson trial, and the British royal family all rolled into one. Who, faced with this barrage, wouldn't become uncommunicative and flee the country? With Berg's free access to previously unavailable documentation, this is sure to be the definitive biography of Lindbergh. (Kirkus Reviews)

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