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Lindbergh

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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...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Berkley Trade (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
Arminius
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
Gary Schroeder
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
"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...more
Edward Wright
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
Matt
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...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...more
Sarah
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...more
Brandon O'Neill
Jan 07, 2008 Brandon O'Neill rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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...more
Brendan
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 Dealino
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
Karen
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...more
Jillaire
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.
Ted Cusack
what a great book! I learned much more than I thought I would
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.
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
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
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...more
David Glad
For most people, in an always online age, the idea of flying across the Atlantic would likely elicit a reaction of "So what?" or "How much of your human dignity did airport security take this time?" I was drawn to his biography by how he seemed the most famous of the "America First" group (mentioned in William Manchester's (and Paul Reid's) biography of Churchill) that fought to keep the US out of World War II when FDR and Britain were desperately trying to bait the US into it.

The book naturally...more
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Scott Berg
Recently published autobiography of one of America's greatest sons. He was a hero from the time of his historic solo trans-Atlantic flight from New York to Paris up to the moment he decided to intervene in Jewish plans to enlist America's support in a war against National Socialist Germany. Charles Lindbergh was an admirer of Hitler and his regime and although not an overt racialist, felt that another world war would spell disaster for the White...more
Faith
For me, one of the most interesting things about books are their ability to illuminate the lives and experiences of people with lives vastly different than mine. That's why I read, to explore these different worlds. The rules of biography are vastly different than fantasy or historical fiction, my two favorite genres, and I do understand that, but I don't understand writing an account of a person's life which completely skirts the issue of the subject having "feelings" or "reasons for their acti...more
Steve
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Alison
Biographies are depressing. I have yet to read one where I still like the person at the end. It also doesn't help that the inevitable ending is the subject's death. All these negatives apply to Lindbergh. I liked him when he was young. The older he got, the less I liked him and the decisions he made.

That said, as a biography this is the best one I have ever read. A. Scott Berg had a lot going for him - he had the support and help of Anne Lindbergh and complete access to all of their papers, lett...more
amy
I am amazed at the potency of Lindbergh's charisma in granting him access to the tip-top leadership of pretty much any subject he took an interest in, whether it be pre-war escalation of aeronautical advances, space research, the development of a safer organ transplant system and artificial heart, archaeology, conservation and environmentalism, and the list goes on. Some of these interests his Mad Pilot Skillz gave him an in to pursue, while others seem simply out of the blue, an impression that...more
Amy Edwards
When I read this biography of Lindbergh it was a new bestseller. I was fascinated. It is all here--the early twentieth-century childhood, the years of flying when aviation was brand-new and a little crazy, the famous transatlantic flight, the early marriage of Charles and Anne and their flying-together days, the Lindbergh baby and aftermath, the pre-war years in which Lindbergh showed anti-Semite sentiments, and the post-war years. Good biography and interesting read.
Melissa
A big fat biography seems like the perfect thing for a vacation read.
It took me almost the whole week in Colorado to read this, but it was well worth it. A few years ago, I read Susan Hertog's bio of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, so this book completes the picture.
Gripping, easy (but slow) to read and a page turner, I found the parts about his preparations for the flight to Paris and the aftermath amazing. Berg also spends valuable time explaining the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, setting it well in the c...more
Steve Stegman
Berg's writing is excellent. He appears to have done extensive research and had access to personal journals such that when he expresses someone's thoughts, he doesn't seem to be guessing.

I began the book really liking Lindbergh, rooting for him. In the middle of the book I felt sorry for him in the loss of his child and as he was hounded by the press. He was also so misunderstood in the years before the war.

He was a brillant man who contributed so much to aviation, science and preservation. Yet...more
Paul
This was abridged so someone determined for me what I didn't need to read which I don't like.My overall feeling is that even before losing his baby he did not accept or appreciate the fame his historical flight gave him.He also lost some of his heroic shininess when he opposed the US entry into WW2 and made numerous speeches about staying out of the war,some of which had some anti-semitic flavor to them.Not alot of coverage about the things he did after ww2.Alot of good reading about Anne Morrow...more
Beverly
Renowned for his one-man transatlantic flight in 1927, Lindbergh is remembered for the sorrow surrounding the kidnapping and death of his firstborn son in 1932, and reviled by many for his opposition to America's entry into World War II. There is much more depth to this character. Great book.
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