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Lindbergh

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,351 Ratings  ·  186 Reviews
This is a most compelling story of a most significant life; the most private of public figures finally revealed with a sweep and detail never before possible. In the skilled hands of A. Scott Berg, this is at once Lindbergh the hero--and Lindbergh the man.

Awarded the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.

From one of America's most acclaimed biographers comes the definitive acc
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Paperback, 640 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Berkley (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
Chrissie
Oct 09, 2014 Chrissie rated it really liked it
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
Arminius
Jun 09, 2015 Arminius rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
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
Matt
Apr 26, 2016 Matt rated it really liked it
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
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Scott Foshee
Nov 29, 2013 Scott Foshee rated it really liked it
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
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Tony
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
Jerry-Book
Feb 04, 2016 Jerry-Book rated it really liked it
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
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
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Gary Schroeder
Oct 06, 2013 Gary Schroeder rated it really liked it
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
Kristi Fleming
Feb 06, 2013 Kristi Fleming rated it liked it
"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
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Edward Wright
Sep 24, 2012 Edward Wright rated it really liked it
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
Sarah
Sep 10, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
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
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Brandon O'Neill
Jan 07, 2008 Brandon O'Neill rated it really liked it
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
Anna
Dec 06, 2013 Anna rated it it was amazing
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
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Brendan
Jul 07, 2011 Brendan rated it really liked it
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
Michael Gerald
Mar 24, 2012 Michael Gerald rated it really liked it
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
Sarah
Nov 13, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: biography, nonfiction
Living minutes from Lindbergh Boulevard and Lambert field, I simply wanted an introduction to the man beyond bare facts, and that's what I got. Turns out his St. Louis roots weren't as deep as I thought, beyond his having been based here at the time of the 1927 flight, but as I learned, he rarely settled in one spot for long. I learned a lot of things, such as his helping to develop the artificial heart, his deservedly controversial wartime views, his early support of the development of rocketry ...more
Karen
Mar 03, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookshelf
I not only finished this book days ago but inadvertently deleted my original review. So I will try to reconstruct it to the best of my ability.
First I want to talk about the author, A. Scott Berg, who stands heads and shoulders along with the best of the best Biography writers. He is on the same level with the other giants: David McCullough, Conrad Black, Antonia Fraser and Robert A. Caro. Berg's research and insights are so intense and are proof of his dedication to his craft. He definitely des
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Jillaire
Nov 16, 2008 Jillaire rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 01, 2016 Matt Reynolds rated it it was amazing
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.
Jimmy
Dec 06, 2010 Jimmy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
The kidnapping and trial were riveting stories. It is also interesting to see how many different things he was interested in.
Ted Cusack
what a great book! I learned much more than I thought I would
Sarah Finch
Jan 01, 2015 Sarah Finch rated it it was amazing
I read this for the first time nine years ago, and it was every bit as compelling the second time around. Few biography subjects are more maddening to read about than Lindbergh -- the emotionally reserved, dangerously isolationist, undeniably thrilling man who "went from Jesus to Judas in fifteen years" and never understood (or wanted to understand) why people condemned him. A great book. But the figure who emerges as more complex and intriguing than the titular subject is Anne Morrow Lindbergh, ...more
Christopher Nieman
I read A. Scott Berg's biography of Charles Lindbergh right after I read Lindbergh's classic book The Spirit of St. Louis, the aviator's own account of his landmark solo crossing of the Atlantic in 1927.

Lindbergh's work was fresh on my mind as I read Berg's biography. I decided to read Berg straight away because Lindbergh's book left me wanting more--the pilot shared very little of what came after he landed at Le Bourget airfield outside Paris, and I was itching to see the man's instant transfor
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Rohan Williams
Aug 08, 2015 Rohan Williams rated it really liked it
Berg’s biography of Charles Lindbergh is an excellent introduction to the life and work of the remarkable pioneer aviator. The author masterfully captures Lindbergh’s transition, literally overnight, from an Midwestern airmail pilot to an international sensation, and subsequent impact on his life is outlined in a vivid and compelling manner. The chapters on the kidnapping of the first Lindbergh child, and the subsequent trial are illuminating, highlighting the bizzare nature of the entire episod ...more
Mark
Jul 14, 2015 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
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Heather
Lindbergh is one of those people who has always fascinated me – however after reading this book I realized just how little I actually knew about him. I pretty much started out just knowing the headlines – his trans-Atlantic flight and the kidnapping/murder of his first child. I learned that he was a prolific writer, very political, and had an interesting family dynamic. And he lived an oh-so-fascinating life of travel! He made so many contributions to different areas of society – from medicine, ...more
Michael T.
Aug 02, 2011 Michael T. rated it really liked it
A very well written biography which illuminates not only the man but, through that illumination, the eras though which he lived, from his flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927 to his death in 1973. Needless to say, quite a lot happened in the years in between. Lindbergh's instant, and mostly unwanted fame has very significant resonances for our own time. (Although in some sense, it was also nice to see that the modern media is closer to carrying on a bizarre tradition than it is to having act ...more
Spencer
May 21, 2012 Spencer rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Since we are moving to St. Louis this summer, I figured I should read a book about Charles Lindbergh (you know, to catch the spirit of St. Louis....okay, sorry, terrible joke). Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this Pulitzer Prize winning biography of Lindbergh. It was amazing to me that his global-fame-inducing solo flight across the Atlantic occurred so early on in this book (and in his life). There was so much more to his life than just that flight. Equally amazing was the astounding fame that tha ...more
Kevin Dawe
Sep 15, 2014 Kevin Dawe rated it it was amazing
This was an incredible book. I only knew of Lindbergh's name from his flight, and the kidnapping of his child. I read "One Summer" by Bill Bryson and found myself more intrigued by Lindbergh.

This biography was outstanding. I wasn't sure if I would be able to sustain interest in someone I only knew of a little bit for 550 pages, but this hooked me immediately. It isn't just the amazing accomplishments that make Lindbergh so fascinating, it's also the somewhat odd personality he had. In particula
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