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An intimate conversation with an adventurous sage,
This review is from: Autobiography of Values (Paperback)
Charles A. Lindbergh, first person to fly the Atlantic alone, is a fascinating character. This book, written at the end of his life, is a glimpse in the fertile mind of a great man. He tells the story of being one of the first modern media celebrities, an unsought burden. We also follow him through his careers as a pilot in World War II and as a medical researcher.
The real appeal of this book is not the facts of Lindbergh's life, amazing and interesting as they are. The true privilege for the reader is to hear Lindbergh ruminate on the nature of life and spirituality, the ways to remain sane and centered in modern society, and what it means to be an individual while part of a team.
Lindbergh emerges from this memoir as a deep and warm human, one whose passage through this plane touched so many in a positive way.
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Initial post: Jul 28, 2013 2:34:13 PM PDT
It would have been helpful for him and the reviewer to discuss the other parts of his life. Lindbergh was an avid Nazi who played a critical role in helping Hitler. He admired Hitler for many things including his hatred of Jews. Lindbergh's admiration for Hitler did not entail simply respect for their air or military power, for Lindbergh explained in a 1940 speech how he endorsed the Fuhrer's hatred of Jews. At a time when Jews were being imprisoned, and their torture, starvation, and brutal murder planned, Lindbergh provided a speech talking about how the Jews controlled the media and other things. The aviator played in important role in preventing U.S. involvement before 1941, and in limiting any help in WWII specifically designed to prevent murder such as bombing transports to concentration camps or the camps themselves.
Lindbergh's legacy is not simply air flight, but as one of the most important supporters of Hitler and someone who was fully aware of the Nazi agenda against Jews and enthusiastically supported it. Once the Nazis got tired of murdering Jewish women and children, or victims became less available, they would go on to murder Russian, Polish, and other civilians. No Christian nation ever murdered as many women and children as the Nazis and Lindbergh's central legacy is his enthusiastic participation in that effort throughout at least a decade. If you applaud him as a "deep and warm human" let me disagree.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2013 6:30:41 AM PDT
At the time I wrote this review I was unaware of the facts "Bobby" presents here. They certainly add nuance, complexity, and reasons for perplexity to to the Lindy story. He opposed the war and fought bravely in it. How much more interesting could a man be?
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