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From one of America's most acclaimed biographers, here at last is the definitive life of one of the most legendary, controversial, and enigmatic figures in American history - Charles A. Lindbergh.

National Book Award winner A. Scott Berg is the first and only writer to have been given unrestricted access to the massive Lindbergh archi
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Published September 29th 1998 by Random House Audio (first published 1998)
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Will Byrnes
The book is well-deserving of its Pulitzer. Lindbergh was one of the most interesting people of the 20th century and this book gives us a fly-on-the-wall look at many critical parts of his life, the heroics of his early aviation triumphs, the horror of the kidnapping of his child, his elevation and victimization by the press. I learned much that I did not know about Lindbergh, for instance that he helped design an early artificial heart, that he applied his aviation expertise to revolutionize ar ...more
This book, the whole 31 hours of the audio version, was fascinating from the very start to the very end. I was not once bored. The spread of topics covered is amazing. Surely you already know about Lindbergh's solo non-stop transatlantic flight of 33 and 1/2 hours in 1927 and the deluge of media coverage that never abated for the rest of his life and of the kidnapping of his 20-month old son in 1932. Most probably you have heard mention of his possibly anti-Semitic views. All of this is covered ...more
Oct 08, 2008 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Celebrity in America is a fixation. What do you need to do to be a celebrity? Well, it'll help if your parents or husband is rich. Fertility drugs plus multiple births almost assures you of a television show. If that doesn't work, you can always willingly place yourself on a "deserted" island and engage in various frivolous challenges.

How did you become a celebrity in the old days? Try getting into a monoplane, take off from New York, fly across the Atlantic, and land in Paris, doing something
Dec 10, 2009 Arminius rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg begins with Charles A. Lindbergh’s very interesting parents. His father was a very respectful and successful lawyer in Minnesota who became a congressman and eventually a nomad. His mother was an educated school teacher from Detroit whose father was a controversial dentist at the time. He had a shop where he would invent numerous machines to work on teeth. Young Charles would visit and his grandfather would teach him to work with his various tools. This sparked an inte ...more
Apr 02, 2017 Teri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very well written, detailed account of the life of Charles A. Lindbergh from birth to death. Everything is covered from the famous first flight across the Atlantic in the Spirit of St. Louis to the Trial of the Century covering the kidnapping and murder of Charles' and Anne's first son to his political and aeronautical endeavors and eventual fight with lymphoma. The book not only covers his life from Lindbergh's own point of view, but from his wife Anne's as well. According to the end notes, A ...more
Scott Foshee
Well Written Profile of a Brilliant yet Disturbing Man, Probably Due For an Update

A. Scott Berg does a good job in Lindbergh. It is interesting, informative, and keeps you turning the pages. He was granted access to sources by the Lindbergh family, including original access to the diaries of Anne Morrow Lindbergh. This access helps the story in that it fills in much of the blanks of the life of the intensely private Charles Lindbergh, but it may also hurt in retaining the objectivity in some ins
This is a highly informative and generally enjoyable biography. Berg manages to not only capture historical events, but also Lindbergh's personality and values. Upon completion, the reader feels as if he knows not only what Lindbergh did, but also the man, himself. On the negative side, Berg occasionally goes into too much detail. This is especially true when it comes to Anne Lindbergh. In fact, there is so much detail on Anne that this book could easily be called The Lindberghs. While Anne is a ...more
Gary Schroeder
Aug 13, 2013 Gary Schroeder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Say the name “Lindbergh” and it’s likely that one of two things immediately come to mind: that Charles Lindbergh was the first man to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an airplane or that he was the famous flier who’s baby was kidnapped in what was once known as the “crime of the century.” Both of these facts reflect what Charles Lindbergh is best remembered for today but for most of us, time has erased the significant, and in some cases, equally important details of this extraordinary American’s life ...more
There is no airman as famous as Charles Lindbergh and yet, aside from his flight across the Atlantic from New York to Paris, very little is actually known or understood about his life. Mr. Berg does much to rectify this in this wonderful biography bringing a warmth and compassion to his subject that he never enjoyed from the press at the height of his popularity.

Mr. Berg starts this biography by tracing Lindbergh's family roots back to Sweden and by the end of the first part Lindbergh has crosse
This is a long book but well worth the effort reading it. It is very detailed about the life of the man Lindbergh who became this country’s first superstar, hounded by paparazzi. I knew a little about Lindbergh (his flight across the Atlantic, the kidnapping of his baby and subsequent trial) but not all the amazing things that the author meticulously details. A. Scott Berg really does a great job in revealing a man who tried his best to keep a lot of his life private. An eye opening account of a ...more
Jul 12, 2015 Jerry-Book rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
America's hero, Charles Lindbergh. His solo flight from New York was a real miracle. Flying through fog with primitive instruments was a real challenge as was fighting sleep. The kidnapping and death of his first-born was a real tragedy. Fortunately, he and Anne went on to have many other children. I was fascinated by his role in the America First Party and his isolationism. I did not quite understand why he was anti-Jewish and why he bought the Nazi line that all Jews were Communist. In one pre ...more
Kristi Fleming
"Lindbergh" by Scott Berg is the first biography I've ever read. That being said I didn't know what to expect but felt propelled to read it after reading "The Aviator's Wife". There were substantial portions that I found very interesting but also sections that plainly said were downright boring. I was disappointed that the book lacked emotion and at times felt like just words drafted on a page rather than exposing the deep soul of a man.

There is so much more to this man than that of his transatl
May 19, 2016 Jeannie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the fiction novel: Aviator's wife, written from Anne Morrows point of view, I got interested in the whole story behind Charles Lindbergh. Scott Berg wrote a fabulous biography, Pulitzer price worthy. Starting with the grandparents, background information on different places in the United States, all the inventions and science projects that Charles Lindbergh was involved with, the aviation parts, the kidnapping, trial of the century, the rise and fall from stardom, anti Semitism and ...more
Helga Cohen
Mar 31, 2017 Helga Cohen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a fascinating book about a compelling figure, aviator Charles Lindbergh, written by a very deserved Pulitzer Prize writer. He writes with clarity a very definitive biography of a legendary, controversial and mesmerizing man and his wife. I learned much about his life from his early childhood, his early heroic aviation successes, the kidnapping of his son, his anti-war non-intervention stance, and how the press treated him. It was also fascinating to learn about his interests in science ...more
Christopher Richardson
This is the second Berg book I've read (the first being about Woodrow Wilson) and I couldn't help but be struck by the similiarities between his two subjects. In both men, we see individuals who were stubborn to the point of being messanic in their beliefs. That iconoclastic and stubborn attitude made them rise fast but it also brought them down fast. Lindbergh is a well written piece that not only analyzes the man, but also the era. Some of that era was glorious, but other parts of it, such as ...more
Mar 20, 2017 Dora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely well written. The book kept my interest from the first page until the last. Lindbergh lived such a varied life and the access the writer was granted by the family truly shed light on not only Lindbergh himself but his friends, family and most intimately, his wife.
Panda Incognito
I bought this book for a dollar at a book sale. I knew absolutely nothing about it, but believed I would find it interesting, and hoped I would eventually get around to reading it. Little did I expect that this book would deeply fascinate me, inspire me to read all the books which the Lindberghs wrote, and make me marvel over the incredible writing of this very deserving award-winner. I'm awfully glad this ended up in my hands.

This biography tells about Charles Lindbergh's family history, childh
Jan 04, 2012 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The subject of media attention throughout his life, Charles Lindbergh is a man whose legacy has been much defined by the images he left in the public imagination: his flight to Paris, the kidnapping and death of his son, his support of isolationism before the Second World War. Yet such events were only part of Lindbergh's astonishingly varied life, one that A. Scott Berg recounts in all its diversity.

Benefiting from access to Lindbergh's enormous collection personal papers (the consequence, Berg
Edward Wright
Sep 24, 2012 Edward Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A major biography of a giant of American aviation. Lindbergh's historic 1927 crossing of the Atlantic, which made him the most famous person on Earth, & the 1932 kidnap-murder of his son, which drove him to seek privacy & security for his family, are cornerstones of the book. But I brought away other things too, including the excitement of his early years as a mail carrier, flying rickety & dangerous planes (he had to parachute to safety more than once), & how he spent the rest o ...more
Lindbergh is a heavy and very complete book. Although this is mostly a compliment, it's the only disadvantage as well. It's great A. Scott Berg took the time to do his research on C.A.L's roots but the first chapters were hard to get through.

Luckily that got better. Reading about the St. Louis was both refreshing and fascinating since it's a topic I knew literally nothing about. I admired Lindy through this part of the book. It saddened me to read as he grew older he turned more and more like hi
Brandon O'Neill
Jan 03, 2008 Brandon O'Neill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brandon by: Book club
This was a Pulitzer Prize winning bio and I think it was deserved! Lindbergh was a fascinating character - since his flight across the Atlantic, he was the most popular man on earth, and the first to be stalked by the media. Surprisingly, less time was devoted to his flight than to the kidnapping of his first child (which was interesting as well. Yes, I think they got the right guy). I downgraded it a bit as I thought it slowed during the World War II years - Lingbergh wanted to stay out and was ...more
Nov 12, 2013 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-2013
my second time through the book, and I liked it just as much. It's interesting that there is still a lot to be learned about Lindbergh; a secret life that only came to the surface after Berg published this.

But given Lindbergh's spotty and controversial relationship with Jews and the nazis, I think Berg navigates those tricky waters admirably and most importantly, fairly. He neither sweeps under the carpet his meeting Herman Goering or the receipt of a nazi medal, nor overemphasizes how many art
Jul 07, 2011 Brendan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Assembling a biography of someone as equally reviled and revered as Lindbergh can't be easy, but to his credit Berg avoids both vilifying and idolizing in this satisfying story. More than just a mere pilot, Lindbergh was also an aviation expert, US diplomat, and accomplished author. Berg deftly maneuvers through the disparate phases of Lindbergh's life, along the way giving appropriate attention to the tragedy of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, and the turmoil when Lindbergh was viewed as an anti ...more
Sara Kupper
Good bio as far as basic info and detail on aviation,medical research, WWII, books etc. Lacking is what kind of man, husband, father he was in his real life. Disappointing this large book did not delve much into who the man and myth was personally: his love for his wife and children, his grief (did he have any) when his first born son was murdered as a toddler, his other children, etc. Who was this man really? I feel this book taught Lindbergh facts, but not who the man was at the end of the day ...more
Michael Gerald
Mar 24, 2012 Michael Gerald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good take on the life and times of one of the greatest aviators and adventurers, 'Lindbergh' chronicles the man's family history, birth, experiences as a child, adulthood, career, his historic and memorable flight across the Atlantic, his marriage to Anne Morrow, the infamous kidnapping and murder of his eldest son, the abusive press coverage and the trial of the purported murderer, his controversial association with Nazi Germany, World War II, his advocacy for the environment, and his death. ...more
Nov 16, 2008 Jillaire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
I think I credit this book with beginning my love affair with biographies. It was probably one of the first serious biographies that I read and it was so interesting to learn so much about this monumental figure of the early 20th century. A. Scott Berg is a great writer and it was so interesting to learn about all of Lindbergh's life. You have no idea how famous he was in his time until you read this.
Matt Reynolds
Aug 10, 2014 Matt Reynolds rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great, unflinching account of a unique man. Berg writes beautifully of Lindbergh's achievements but is unafraid to apply a critical and cold eye to his wrongheaded moments. A stunning account of a deeply brilliant and flawed man.

Berg's account - nine years in the making - is exhaustive and painstakingly researched. I was never once bored nor felt that Berg was gushing over his subject.
Kevin Sheives
At times, this bio was excellent. When it hit on the more interesting parts of Lindbergh's life - the crossing of the Atlantic, the kidnapping of his baby, Berg's writing was gripping and interesting. But at other times, it fell flat. He consistently hit on Lindbergh's struggles with fame. Not too long, but again - I could have done without the less interesting parts of Lindbergh's life.
Stephen Hughes
Interesting book as a chronologically organised story, rich in detail. Weaker on analysis and psychology of Lindbergh. Needs a stronger summing up and sense of Lindbergh's place in history. Despite this, a good read.
Dec 06, 2010 Jimmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
The kidnapping and trial were riveting stories. It is also interesting to see how many different things he was interested in.
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