Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg audiobook

Lindbergh

By A. Scott Berg
Read by Lloyd James

Simon & Schuster Audio
31.17 Hours Unabridged
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Few American icons provoke more enduring fascination thanCharles Lindbergh—renowned for his one-man transatlantic flight in 1927,remembered for the sorrow surrounding the kidnapping and death of his firstbornson in 1932, and reviled by many for his opposition to America’s entry intoWorld War II. Lindbergh’s story is “a dramatic and disturbing American story” (Los Angeles Times Book Review), and thisbiography—the first to be written with unrestricted access to the Lindbergharchives and extensive interviews of his friends, colleagues, and close family members—isthe definitive account.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography

Winner of the 1998 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography

A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Nonfiction

A New York Times bestseller

Few American icons provoke more enduring fascination thanCharles Lindbergh—renowned for his one-man transatlantic flight in 1927,remembered for the sorrow surrounding the kidnapping and death of his firstbornson in 1932, and reviled by many for his opposition to America’s entry intoWorld War II. Lindbergh’s story is “a dramatic and disturbing American story” (Los Angeles Times Book Review), and thisbiography—the first to be written with unrestricted access to the Lindbergharchives and extensive interviews of his friends, colleagues, and close family members—isthe definitive account.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“One of the great stories, told by a master storyteller. I can’t recall being so taken by any book, and certainly not by a biography.” Stephen E. Ambrose
“This is a magisterial work; one of the most penetrating and fascinating biographies I have ever read. It deserves the highest praise from scholars, critics, and readers alike.” Doris Kearns Goodwin, New York Times bestselling author of Team of Rivals
“Often thrilling, but disturbingly opaque, Berg’s…biography of Lindbergh turns that historic flight into a narrative tour de force.” New York Times
“In Lindbergh, A. Scott Berg brings us about as close as I suspect we will ever get to the man himself.” New York Times Book Review
“A brilliant biography of a fabulous but flawed American hero.” People
“An astonishing biography. Charles Lindbergh’s is the ultimate American life, and A. Scott Berg’s new biography is the ultimate…exploration of that life.” Boston Globe
“Compelling…This kind of heroic, tragic, and ultimately puzzling subject that is irresistible in its complexity.” Wall Street Journal
“One of the most important biographies of the decade.” Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Superb.” Time

Reviews

Reviews

by Joe 9/13/2017
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Extraordinary, and yet...

This biography of Charles Lindbergh is the most thorough, well-written, and thoughtful book I've ever read. Beyond biography, it's an examination of one person's values within the values of his times. The author has done a splendid task of examining the huge amount of writing done by Lindbergh as well as those around him, particularly his wife, in an effort to explain someone who often appears to be inexplicable.
Listening to this book was a profoundly moving experience for me, drawing me into the innermost details of an extraordinary life.
The book also points out the overlooked importance of Lindbergh's wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, to him and to the world at large. She deserved to be famous in her own right, and her fall into Lindbergh's spell points out how different and captivating he was, as well as the difficulties faced by women in her time.
Despite my belief that this book entirely deserves its fame and Pulitzer prize, I'm not totally happy with it. As I went further and further into the book, I began to see that Berg was resistant to criticizing Lindbergh for his actions and beliefs. I think that Berg could have been more forthright in portraying Lindbergh as a man whose extraordinary gifts and accomplishments made his misjudgments and failures stand out even more. Berg's work only barely saves itself from hagiography.
As a listening experience, I was disappointed in this recording. Lloyd James has a calm, soothing speaking voice, but his performance was idiosyncratic. Either the book has frequent, inexplicable pauses in it where no pause should be, or James is unable to read the sentences as written. His performance was off-putting, and if I had less interest in the story, I would have stopped listening.
Despite my difficulty with the speaking itself, I would recommend this recording to anyone. Any man's life that was examined with such care and detail would be a fascinating story. Lindbergh's life was far beyond any man's, which makes his story important to know.

Author

Author Bio: A. Scott Berg

Author Bio: A. Scott Berg

Andrew Scott Berg is a Pulitzer Prize–winning American biographer. After graduating from Princeton University in 1971, he expanded his senior thesis on editor Maxwell Perkins into a full-length biography, Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, which won a National Book Award. His third book, a highly anticipated biography of aviator Charles Lindbergh, was published in 1998 and became a New York Times bestseller, and won the Pulitzer Prize for a biography.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 31.17
Audience: Adult
Language: English