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  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books (June 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899668321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899668321
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 1999
Format: Library Binding
Someone once said that nobody told his own story better than Lindbergh himself. When one considers the continuous flow of books written about him, this is an opinion to be seriously considered.
Thoughts naturally leap to his Pulitzer prize-winning The Spirit of St. Louis, which still has lavish praise heaped upon it by even Lindbergh's most recent biographers. Published in 1952, more than 15 years after Lindbergh's historic transatlantic nonstop flight from New York to Paris, its intriguing flow is heightened by what is known in the world of English grammar as the historical present indicative tense, a seldom-used approach by writers because it is said to be so difficult to sustain, particularly over the long haul of an entire book's length. In short, the author describes what is happening at a particular moment, but zig-zags flashback style out of the present while the author recalls moments in his history past.
Stay alert, Reader, for anyone writing in this manner must perform near-perfect writing artistry to maintain interest. Of course, The Spirit of St. Louis falls into that elegant category.
All but vanished into the shelves of juvenile literature in some libraries - or the collections of those who treasure its merits (or collect Lindberghiana) - is the long-forgotten Lindbergh memoir simply entitled "We."
Here comes the inevitable momentary comparison with The Spirit of St. Louis, which Lindbergh worked on for close to 13 years and sent to numerous critics and friends for review during the long writing process. This is not a criticism of Lindbergh, for he was a perfectionist; the book he then produced was worth its wait in spades.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 17, 2001
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Lindbergh certainly was the superstar of his day. Following his singlehanded flight from New York to Paris in May 1927, the public rapturously hung on his every word. In this memoir, written only days after the event and subtitled "the Famous Flier's Own Story of His Life and His Transatlantic Flight, Together With His Views on the Future of Aviation," the "Lone Eagle" tells about his childhood, how he acquired his first plane, his career as a stunt flier, his training in the Army Air Corps, and his work as an Air Mail pilot (including his four emergency parachute jumps). Then, in great detail, he describes the preparations for his epic flight, the flight itself, and the wild welcome that met him in Europe. The "spiritual meaning" of his flight also gets a lot of coverage.
Maybe it's just the cynicism of the latter part of the 20th century, but all the modesty seems somehow self-serving. The timing of this book makes it important to anyone interested in Lindbergh, but his later "The Spirit of St. Louis" is a far better book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leland L. Sprague on January 3, 2013
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A used book , very used, coming out in 1927, A cheap job done to take advantage of the flight and make some big bucks from it by the promoters,. Concentrated mostly on his early work and was very good, fascinating. Gave short shrift to "The flight", because they wanted to get the book out quickly. Fair enough. There are thousands of these books available cheaply, it is still great to open the old pages and read his early autobio, and the erest of it. Anyone who reads this should also read the 1972 book also, on which he reconstructed "The Flight, in real detail, as only a nerd like he could do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. B. Trembly on July 3, 2014
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How can such a well-written account of such a dangerous, daring adventure have fallen so far out of public favor as to be unavailable in ANY Iowa public library?
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By T. Sloss on March 21, 2014
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a decade before all the hell of his Nazi medal and America First vituperations that sickened many of his countrymen, Charles Lindbergh accomplished something singular and extraordinary. in the era when the media first thrived on heroes of every stripe, he was our greatest. within a few weeks of his triumph ... and twenty-six years before he wrote a Pulizter prize winning account of that flight which made the world stop and listen ... he dashed off a little volume about it.

not a very good one. couple of anecdotes not found elsewhere and little detail about plane or trip but if you have a shelf full of Lindbergh books, this makes a worthy addition at the price available.
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By joseph on September 6, 2014
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Amazing stories, makes you think crashing a plane happened every other flight for these pioneers of aviation. These guys are the OG's of the sky.
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