Six starred reviews!
Discover the dark side of Charles Lindbergh - one of America's most celebrated heroes and complicated men - in this riveting biography from the acclaimed author of The Family Romanov.
First human to cross the Atlantic via airplane; one of the first American media sensations; Nazi sympathizer and anti-Semite; loner whose baby was kidnapped and murdered; champion of Eugenics, the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding; tireless environmentalist. Charles Lindbergh was all of the above and more. Here is a rich, multi-faceted, utterly spellbinding biography about an American hero who was also a deeply flawed man. In this time where values Lindbergh held, like white Nationalism and America First, are once again on the rise, The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh is essential listening for teens and history fanatics alike.
"Absorbing and distressing in turns, this utterly prescient capture of a life - and the lives it influenced - is essential in classrooms and for history buffs alike." (Booklist starred review)
"A compelling biography of a flawed, larger-than-life man." (Publishers Weekly starred review)
"A must-read. Drawing on primary sources, including Lindbergh’s own journal, Fleming has crafted a cautionary tale of the downfalls of hero worship." (School Library Journal starred review)
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Just get the "Wikipedia" version.
Well, I must say, what a disappointment. This was in my wish list for quite some time, as, having read the vastly superior and in-depth biography by Scott Berg, I had hoped for an "updated" biography, given Bergs was published in 1998 and we have since found out other things about Lindbergh.. But this book falls totally flat. Lindbergh was, in so many ways, a very odious man. Cold; controlling; obsessive compulsive; demanding of getting his own way;; a racist; an anti-semitic; an admirer of a genetic theory that calls for the elimination ( "culling") of "those useless to society". He would leave his own children for months on end either to pursue his own vacations, his own pleasures, or to father other children - as in 4 (!) other 'secret" families, with multiple women, but this is described in the book in an "oh well" tolerance. There is only the resuscitation of facts without any kind of comment or judgment of him, one way or the other, Yuk. Because it was a short book I put it at 1.25 speed and got through it in 2 days ( I hate wasting credits) but my take? Just read about Lindbergh on Wikipedia and you'll have as much insight on the man, without using a credit. The narration is poor to middling. I couldn't wait for it to end.
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