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Hour Of Gold, Hour Of Lead: Diaries And Letters Of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1929-1932 Paperback – March 12, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reissue edition (March 12, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156421836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156421836
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anne Morrow Lindbergh, born Anne Spencer Morrow (June 22, 1906 – February 7, 2001) was a pioneering American aviator, author, and the spouse of fellow aviator Charles Lindbergh.  She resided in Connecticut.

Books by Anne M. Lindbergh

  • North to the Orient (1935)
  • The Wave of the Future (1940)
  • The Steep Ascent (1944)
  • Gift from the Sea (1955)
  • The Unicorn and other Poems (1956)
  • Dearly Beloved (1962)
  • Earth Shine (1969)
  • Bring Me a Unicorn
  • Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead (1973)
  • Locked Rooms and Open Doors (1974)
  • The Flower and the Nettle (1976)
  • War Within and Without (1980)

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
I had read of the Lindberghs and of the famous kidnapping before reading this book, but wasn't prepared for the poignant and honest writing by Anne. To read about her life as a newlywed who flew with her husband in the early days of aviation was enthralling, and to read of their problems being pursued and photographed reminded me of Princess Diana being hounded by the paparazzi. The Lindberghs were pioneers in aviation, and were public figures without wishing to be ... how sad that their first child was stolen and then found dead. I was moved to tears reading Anne's descriptions of her son while mourning him; I can't imagine living through such a horrible experience. Her writing is true and beautiful and honest ... a rare treasure.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By BETTINA BORCES on January 22, 2000
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This is one of the most wonderful books I've ever read. Being only 23 years old the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby was before my time however, this story is timeless. Beautifully written complete with diary entries and family pictures. This book is a true literary classic to be enjoyed by every generation. An honest journey into the heart of a young girl, wife and mother.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Margie Read VINE VOICE on February 27, 2010
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Anne Morrow Lindbergh is one of the giants of literature. Few writers of the twentieth century reach the heights of this woman in the pure excellence of her penned words. Writing is an outer expression of inner thoughts and Anne Morrow Lindbergh excels at this skill. And of course we don't write letters anymore and that is to be regretted. To pick up this book and share with the author her innermost thoughts is to spend time with a good friend before a warm cozy fire. This book is highly recommended. You will not find the likes of it again anytime soon.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Life Out Loud on January 6, 2011
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If there was any "flaw" in AML's life it is that she was so often, and consistently, overshadowed by her famous spouse. An intensely private person (today's celebrities could learn a lesson or six from the Lindbergh's ability to retreat into almost complete anonymity as relates to their family), I believe that one of her greatest gifts was agreeing to release these very poignant, private thoughts to the public.

I truly believe that her diaries and letters of 1932 on could be a primer on grieving and hope and pray it has been adopted as such among those who need it - even as I hope and pray I never do. Her writing is so poignant and personal that I found myself (arrogantly) "mourning" along with her and could not shake the feeling long after I had closed the book. As a parent I tiptoe around the notion of harm to my children with that impenetrable "nothing could happen to us" mantra that I have to believe. The experience of the Lindbergh's - and her reactions to it in diaries and letters - reminds us that none of us is safe. For that reason I both highly recommend - and add appropriate caution - to reading this book. People who are very sensitive and empathetic or at a hard point in their lives may be both bolstered, and grief-stricken, by some of the content. (It may be helpful to have her later publications close at hand to remind oneself that, taken as a whole, she did survive what would seem to be this unbearable loss).

The book, far from seeming "dated" (the entries closing in on being 80 years old!) are as moving today as ever. I believe you could give a modern reader with no "background" these entries and he/she would not immediately gather that they were written so long ago.
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By Rhonda C. Elsaesser on November 14, 2014
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Amazing book. This is Anne's letters and diary entries from 1929-32, aged 23-26. In the first part, Hour of Gold, she is just married to Lindbergh and flies around with him. She is also pregnant. Her adventures flying with her husband are amazing as she tells about discovering new people, and the new lands, and the newness of flight. Her baby is born happy and healthy and their life is perfect. I felt myself out of breath reading this all as I knew what was to come was such heartbreak and tragedy. The second part of the book, Hour of Lead, is about her baby's kidnapping and eventually to find out he has died. I felt priviledged to know her inner thoughts and feelings as she was going through such a horrific time in her life. And she was pregnant during this time with her second baby which was hard for her to bear. As the days go on after the discover the baby's died, she now has to deal with the feelings of a new baby to come. I'm enjoying Anne's writings and will now move on to Locked Rooms and Open Doors.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angie Perez on June 24, 2011
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Book arrived in good condition and in a timely manner. I admire Anne Morrow and look forward to reading this book.
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