Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Review: Lindbergh by Scott Berg

"Lindbergh" by Scott Berg is the first biography I've ever read.  That being said I didn't know what to expect but felt propelled to read it after reading "The Aviator's Wife".  There were substantial portions that I found very interesting but also sections that plainly said were downright boring.  I was disappointed that the book lacked emotion and at times felt like just words drafted on a page rather than exposing the deep soul of a man.

There is so much more to this man than that of his transatlantic flight.  He achieved so much more in his lifetime and yet for most of us we only knew him as the man and "The Spirit of St. Louis".

It is apparent that Lindbergh suffered from OCD, which contributed to his genius as well as his inability for personal intimacy for those that he loved.  Lindbergh served this world well but at the expense of his family, so sad for the people who loved him.

After Charles' death the Times editorial said it best; "Charles Lindbergh was both the beneficiary and the victim of celebrity experienced by no other American in this century".  The majority of his life was spent at the cruel hand of the press and changed the course of his life forever.  It really made me think about the constant hounding celebrities have to endure each and every day and the truth or lies that are printed about them.  Why is it that we feel the need to be notified of the most intimate details of their lives?  Hmmm.  Something to ponder.

Upon further research, Lindbergh had a relationship with three women, friends, in Germany and sired a total of seven children.  It was disappointing to note that the relationships with these women and his other children were not discussed in his biography and how a man that professed the good character of a man could  live a double life. 

SYNOPSIS by Barnes & Noble
Few American icons provoke more enduring fascination than Charles Lindbergh—renowned for his one-man transatlantic flight in 1927, remembered for the sorrow surrounding the kidnapping and death of his firstborn son in 1932, and reviled by many for his opposition to America's entry into World War II. Lindbergh's is "a dramatic and disturbing American story," says the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and this biography—the first to be written with unrestricted access to the Lindbergh archives and extensive interviews of his friends, colleagues, and close family members—is "the definitive account."
RATING - 3 STARS - I Liked It

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