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Charles A. Lindbergh: A Human Hero

By Mark Nichol, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

An evenly presented Lindbergh biography.

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Engaging language combines with a sharp sense of story here to produce compelling reading for experienced, avid readers. With thoughtful selection and presentation of facts, James Cross Giblin shows how the Lone Eagle's quality of stubborn determination -- admirable when he sets out to make a transoceanic flight -- becomes a fault when Lindbergh is dealing with Nazi leaders and American businessmen. In the absence of fact, questions about Lindbergh's motives for his controversial activities suggest that he was simply naive.

Giblin maintains a novel-like sense of tension with telling details, like reporting when Lindbergh took his first nibble of food only an hour from Paris and long past several mealtimes. One reason he waits so long -- kids want to know! -- is revealed when the king of England questions Lindbergh about the plane's toilet facilities (there are none). he book is full of archival photos, such as the one in which Lindbergh's silver plane is dwarfed by the background of misty sky as he takes off.

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