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Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead: Diaries and Letters, 1929-1932

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  318 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Part radiant, part somber, this second volume of Anne Lindbergh's Diaries and Letters covers the years of her early married life. The shy, sheltered, introspective girl is thrown into the world of action of her famous husband. From the very first moment he makes her a partner in his activities. He teaches her to fly; she learns to navigate and operate radio and to take ser ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 12th 1993 by Mariner Books (first published 1973)
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Margaret1358 Joyce
The beauty of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's writing lies in its utter lucidity, its descriptive detail and its gentleness. Diaries and Letters tells the story of Anne's marriage to Charles and the couple's enormously publicized, early flying adventures. How, when and where the couple demonstrated each new advance being made in aviation,is acutely interesting. He,the first to fly non-stop over the Atlantic, and she, the introspective Smith College-educated young bride, seem to have ignited the world's ...more
Elaine Kasteler
I read Anne Morrow Lindbergh's diaries sometime ago. This woman was very futuristic in her thinking. Definitely someone I would have like to have met and talk with. The book is captivating about the joys in her life and also the pain with her sons kidnapping and death.
Her writing skills are amazing. Her life was painfully extraordinary.

Trisha
Ever since first reading Gift from the Sea I’ve been a huge fan of Anne Morrow Lindbergh and so when I heard about The Aviator’s Wife I immediately added it to my TBR list. But it occurred to me that before reading a fictionalized account of her life it might be a good idea to go back and re-read this collection of her own letters and diary entries from 1929 through 1932 which she herself compiled and published in 1973 – a year before the death of her famous husband, She divided this book into t ...more
Lorraine
I am so fascinated by Anne Marrow, I just could not wait to read her autobiography when I picked it up. The beginning of the book is dry but the facts are important for they open a window in a very subtle way to the very private people we really never got to know. For me, the journal remained very dry, hard to read BUT it has encouraged me to start keeping a journal for myself again.
Patricia Middleton
Reading this book was literally like reading the diaries of the mother of the famous Linbergh Baby, from the moment she fell in love with her husband Charles, to their worldwind marriage, to their firsborn son, to the kidnapping, ransome and gruesome discovery of that baby's body.
Bonnie Gayle
One of the two for September

This was very fascinating, and lead to quite a spicy discussion! Both this and War Within and Without make you want to research everything that's happening historically, which is interesting, but time consuming!
Mary
Anne Morrow Lindbergh is my favorite author. Her power of description, of bringing to the mind understanding through artful expression, is inspiring to me. She makes me want to write more. Her life is fascinating, yes, but moreso are her thoughts; and though not many of us can relate to her circumstances, somehow she transcends time and station to get to the heart of what it is to be a human being. This book in particular filled me with such a juxtaposition of delight and dread, knowing that her ...more
Donna Michel-dow
Diary of Anne's life before, during and after the much publicized kidnapping and murder of her first born son.

"Grief can't be shared. Everyone carries it alone. His own burden in his own way."


"I must write it all out, at any cost. Writing is thinking. It is more than living, for it is being conscious of living."


"I feel we are all islands - in a common sea. "


"I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suff
...more
penny
This book was enjoyable to read, like meeting a new friend, but it was painful also, because I knew how it ended while she did not.
Lisa Michele
Heartbreaking story of the kidnapping of her baby, but so wonderfully written that you cannot put it down.
Ebookwormy
Years ago, was it junior high? I chose Charles Lindbergh as a historical figure to report on for an assignment. I knew of his flying exploits and I want to say I had recently been to a museum exhibit that had some momentos of his career. What I didn't know was that LindbergH, in consequence of his fame, had suffered greatly. I was captivated by the story of the abduction, murder, and investigation of his son's death. These poignant letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh (his wife) deeply impacted me a ...more
Ruth
I don't know why I was so jazzed to read this collection of diary entries and letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh during the early years of her marriage to Charles Lindbergh and the kidnapping and murder of their first child. It was just as tragic as you'd expect it to be, and there are a couple of letters in advance of the kidnapping that are eerily prophetic: in one, the usually calm and collected Anne begs her mother-in-law to come and stay with the baby while she and Charles are out of town (fo ...more
Andy
Pre-kidnap material I ended up liking more. The Lindberghs were in a position to do anything and go anywhere they chose, and reading about their lives as it happened is pretty neat. The post-kidnap writing was interesting too but left me flat. Anne's early writing here sometimes strains to be poetic(Charles I would say was actually the better writer) and some of the letters could have been edited out as they are overly mundane. I hope to get to the other volumes in time.
Jane
I recommend this book for its insights on dealing with grief. Imagine not only having your baby kidnapped and murdered but being part of a huge media circus along with it. Anne Morrow Lindbergh's journal entries are heartrending. I don't really care much about her famous husband, but I admire her. Only rated 3 instead of 4 because the letters/journal entry format is a bit hard to get into.
LuAnn
AML is an honest, able writer who draws the reader into her life and emotions, particularly in this volume of her letters and journals when facing her hours of gold and hours of lead. She comes across as a down-to-earth person who happened to come from a wealthy, literate family, to marry a world-famous aviator and to be an aviation pioneer herself.
Kathy Linda
AML is a beautiful writer. HEr diaries are filled with interesting topics and she writes insightfully and knowledgebly about all kinds of topics. She writes about the painful experience of her son's kidnapping and death, her relaionship with Charles Lindbergh, and all these with deep sensitivity without sappiness.
Liz
Jul 13, 2013 Liz marked it as to-read
Has been on my bedside table since beginning The Aviator's Wife. However, I had to return the latter to the library when I was halfway through. Now that I have the CD in my possession again, maybe I'll revisit Anne Morrow Lindbergh's diary ...
June
Journals aren't for everyone. I happen to relish them. Especially journals of beloved authors I cherish. Anne's tragedies got me through a tragic year of my own. No way to express how much I treasure this book.
Lololita
As the mother of a new baby I couldn't bring myself to finish this book. But what I did read was incredibly well-written, poignant and made me very interested in the fascinating life lead by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
Marisa
I love Anne Morrow Lindbergh - these diaries and letters deal with the best and worst times in her life (engagement/marriage and kidnapping/murder of her son). The juxtaposition makes this a powerful collection.
Jan Strong
Apr 28, 2008 Jan Strong rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 19 and over
excellent book-true story of the lindberg kidnapping.
This is told by Anne Morrow Lindberg herself. Indredible really-strong, touching and
most interesting.
Jenna
Very interesting. I would have liked more background information to fill in the gaps between the diary entries and letters, though.
Sarah
Ok, so I didn't actually read the WHOLE book yet. But the part I did read -- the part about the Lindbergh baby kidnapping? Wow.
Valarie
I just started this, after having read an article about Mrs. Lindbergh in last Sunday's L.A. Times Calendar section.
Deirdre Keating
I love her introduction to the sad second half of the book, and her explanation for why she chose to share her story.
Anna
I am so fascinated by Anne Marrow, I just could not wait to read her autobiography when I picked it up.
Carol
I had read that her memorable essay on the nature of grief is the best ever written.
 Barb Bailey
I really like A M Lindburghs books...I like her style of writting..... very discriptive.
Ellen
If you can get through this without weeping, you have no heart.
Linda
A glimpse into the private life of an incredible woman.
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Anne Morrow Lindbergh was born in 1906. She married Charles Lindbergh in 1929 and became a noted aviator in her own right, eventually publishing several books on the subject and receiving several aviation awards. Gift from the Sea, published in 1955, earned her international acclaim. She was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and the Aviation Hall ...more
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“I sometimes think that perhaps our minds are too weak to grasp joy or sorrow except in small things...In the big things joy and sorrow are just alike - overwhelming. At least, we only get them bit by bit, in tiny flashes - in waves - that our minds can't stand for very long. p 199” 11 likes
“Tragedy is the common lot of man. 'So many people have lost children' I remind myself. pp 178-179
This tragedy is such an inextricable part of my story that it cannot be left out of an honest record. Suffering - no matter how multiplied - is always individual. p 179 ”
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