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Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead: Diaries and Letters, 1929-1932 (Diaries and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  427 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Part radiant, part somber, this second volume of Anne Lindbergh's Diaries and Letters covers the years of the Lindbergh marriage and includes events surrounding the kidnapping of their son.

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 f
Paperback, 325 pages
Published March 12th 1993 by Mariner Books (first published 1973)
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Margaret1358 Joyce
Jul 02, 2012 Margaret1358 Joyce rated it really liked it
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
Jul 29, 2009 Elaine Kasteler rated it it was amazing
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.

When I first read this book it was so long ago. I had just moved away from home for the first time and was going to college and had little experience in the real world. I would get lost in the story, the adventures of her flying and the horror of the kidnapping and murder of Anne and Charles's first son. But I never saw it as more than a historical record. Several years later I read it again. Years older having lived life, gone through tough and good times I saw these diaries and letters as some ...more
Apr 30, 2015 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
I took this up after reading a book about the Lindbergh kidnapping. Anne Lindbergh's writing is understated and lovely, introspective without being narcissistic. Some of the places and experiences she writes about are familiar to me, but I found most moving her reflections and accounts of her feelings after the kidnapping and trial were resolved, as she prepared for the birth of her second child whilst trying to recover from the loss of her first. This is a book I want to own, to return to parts ...more
Nov 19, 2011 Lorraine rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
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.
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!
Lisa Michele
Nov 14, 2009 Lisa Michele rated it really liked it
Heartbreaking story of the kidnapping of her baby, but so wonderfully written that you cannot put it down.
Aug 24, 2011 penny rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 20, 2014 Trisha rated it it was amazing
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
Wayne S.
Feb 19, 2015 Wayne S. rated it really liked it
Anne Morrow Lindbergh was born Anne Spencer Morrow on June 22, 1906, at Englewood, NJ, the daughter of Dwight Whitney Morrow, a United States ambassador and Republican Senator from New Jersey, and his wife, Elizabeth Reeve Cutter Morrow, an author and teacher. She married famed aviator Charles A. Lindbergh in a private ceremony on May 27, 1929, at the home of her parents. Their first child, Charles Jr, was born on Anne's 24th birthday, June 22, 1930. These things constituted her “hour of gold.” ...more
Larry Steele
You really get a sense of the fame and the trials of the Lindberghs in this, Anne Morrow Lindbergh's second volume of Diaries and Letters. It begins upon one of the most famous marriages of the century, her marriage to the most famous man in the world, Charles Lindbergh. Following this she learns to navigate and fly, becomes the first woman to be licensed as a glider pilot, has their first child, Charles Jr., and flies with her husband on their trip through Canada, Alaska, Russia, Japan, and Chi ...more
Jun 13, 2008 Ebookwormy1 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 14, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 25, 2014 Donna Michel-dow rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 12, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it
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
Apr 25, 2012 Andy rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
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.
Oct 10, 2016 Barbara rated it it was ok
Paged through this, even the parts about little Charlie's kidnapping and death. The letters in the first half are breathless exclamations about her travels, family and events and the diary entries and letters in the second half are philosophical meanderings about the meaning of life and death. Don't really understand why she was so highly regarded as a writer but maybe her letters and diaries don't pack the same punch as her other work.
Much like the previous edition of memoirs but more about marriage and motherhood. Also, the shocking happenings around the kidnapping and killing of their first little boy in '32 are revealed. Very sad situation. Anne Lindbergh is someone who would be nice to have known personally, I think. She is an excellent writer and poet.
Kathy Linda
Apr 05, 2008 Kathy Linda rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 23, 2012 LuAnn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 13, 2013 Jane rated it liked it
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.
May 18, 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 ...
Feb 14, 2011 Marisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-my-library
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.
May 03, 2008 Danee rated it it was amazing
It wasn't the context of her life that captivated my attention, but her way of inviting the reader into her world. Lindbergh's thoughts that ebb onto the paper, flow from the subconscious meeting place of her heart and mind.
Dec 03, 2009 Lololita rated it it was amazing
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.
June Geiger
Sep 19, 2011 June Geiger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 10, 2008 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: bio-memoir
A glimpse into the private life of an incredible woman.
Nov 13, 2009 Ellen rated it really liked it
If you can get through this without weeping, you have no heart.
Oct 23, 2008 Jenna rated it liked it
Very interesting. I would have liked more background information to fill in the gaps between the diary entries and letters, though.
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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” 14 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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