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Phenomenal Story--Truth is better than Fiction

  • Jul 18, 2009
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With his book "Lindbergh", Scott Berg not only won the Pulitzer Prize, but also set the bar for what a biography can be. This book reads like a novel, one that is hard to set down. I was acquainted with Charles Lindbergh as the first pilot to fly across the Atlantic. This feat represents just one vignette in a life filled with remarkable events and achievements. From the tragic kidnapping and murder of his child to his controversial advocacy in World War II, to his medical research (he invented the first machine to grow organ tissue outside the body), the story of Lindbergh is riveting.

As a person, Lindbergh was brilliant, tough, and complicated. As a book, Lindbergh is simply a great read. Enjoy!


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July 20, 2009
Nice review. I'm going to buy this for my Kindle.
 
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Lindbergh, writes Berg, was "the most celebrated living person ever to walk the earth." It's a brash statement for a biography that makes its points through a wealth of fact rather than editorial (or psychological) surmise, but after the 1927 solo flight to Paris and the 1932 kidnapping of his infant son, most readers will agree. Berg (Max Perkins) writes with the cooperation, although not necessarily the approval, of the Lindbergh family, having been granted full access to the unpublished diaries and papers of both Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The result is a solidly written book that while revealing few new secrets (there are discoveries about Lindbergh's father's illegitimacy and Mrs. Lindbergh's 1956 affair with her doctor, Dana Atchley) instructs and fascinates through the richness of detail. There are no new insights into the boy flier, no new theories about the kidnapping, but there is a chilling portrait of a man who did not seem to enjoy many of the most basic human emotions. Perhaps more attention to Lindbergh's near-worship of the Nobel Prize-winning doctor, Alexis Carrel, would have explained more about his enigmatic character. Berg details Lindbergh's prewar trips to Nazi Germany at the request of the U.S. government; his leadership in the America First movement; his role in first promoting commercial aviation; and, during WWII, improving the efficiency of the Army Air Corps. As the book reaches its conclusion, however, it's the sympathetic ...
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