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G.P. Putnam's, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 628 pages
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Bestselling author and National Book Award-winner A. Scott Berg is the first and only writer to be given unrestricted access to the massive Lindbergh archives -- more than two thousand boxes of personal papers, including reams of unpublished letters and diaries -- and to be allowed freely to interview Lindbergh's friends, colleagues, and family members, including his children and his widow, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The result is a brilliant biography that clarifies a life long blurred by myth and half-truth.From the moment he landed in Paris on May 21, 1927, Lindbergh found himself thrust on an odyssey for which he was ill-prepared -- becoming the first modern media superstar, deified and demonized many times over in a single lifetime. Berg casts dramatic new light on the lonely, sometimes twisted childhood that formed the aviator's character; the astonishing transatlantic flight and thrilling, then overwhelming aftermath; the controversies surrounding the trial of his son's kidnapper, Lindbergh's fascination with Hitler's Germany and his leadership of America First; his remarkable unsung work in the fields of medical research, rocketry, anthropology, and conservation; and, at the heart of it all, his fascinating, complex marriage to Anne Morrow Lindbergh, a relationship filled with sudden joy and bitter darkness.In all, it is a most compelling story of a most significant life -- the most private of public figures finally revealed with a sweep and detail n

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Excellent biography; well-researched. - Goodreads
Berg's writing is excellent. - Goodreads
This book had plenty of detail and good insight. - Goodreads
The author did a tremendous amount of research. - Goodreads
Lots of photographs. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Aaron - Goodreads

Wow...overwhelming. Excellently researched and details just about every facet of a very complex man. At times it was just too much; exhausting experience. Gets a little dull at times too. Could have been downsized a botanist would have been better actually. Sometimes less really is more. Read full review

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User Review  - Amy Edwards - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review



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About the author (1998)

Andrew Scott Berg was born in Norwalk, Connecticut. He became fascinated with novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald while he was in high school. Berg even went so far as to attend Princeton University, from which he graduated in 1971, mainly because it was Fitzgerald's alma mater. While studying 20th-century literature at Princeton, Berg noticed that one name-that of editor Max Perkins-kept coming up in connection with authors such as Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Wolfe. He decided to base his senior thesis on Max Perkins. Berg's research on Perkins continued for several years after graduation, eventually culminating in the 1978 publication of Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, a meticulously researched biography that received the American Book Award. Berg's research on movie producer Samuel Goldwyn was equally exhaustive. Partly supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, Berg spent 8 years interviewing more than 250 people in the movie industry and reviewing the material in the extensive Goldwyn archives, to which he had exclusive access, in order to write Goldwyn: A Biography. In the 1990s, Berg turned his attention to aviator Charles A. Lindbergh. Again, Berg conducted numerous interviews and made extensive use of primary sources. Anne Morrow Lindbergh gave Berg complete access to both her husband's and her own papers. The biography, Lindbergh, was published in 1998.