A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers will learn about the early days of aviation in America, from Wright Brothers and barnstormers (stunt pilots who put on aerial shows for the public during the 1920s) to the dangerous job of flying the mail across the country.
Even celebrity heroes can have a dark side. There's more to being a true hero than being brave, daring, and accomplished. Moral character counts. Admirers may turn on you when they learn you have racist views.
Positive Role Models
While Lindbergh was a man of great accomplishment and courage, readers may find his admirable qualities totally overshadowed by his bigotry and his embrace of Hitler and the Nazi Party.
Violence & Scariness
A man's arm is cut off in a sawmill accident. A child is kidnapped, and searchers discover his body. Pilots die in plane crashes. Brief but harrowing descriptions of animal research may be disturbing to some readers.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The book notes that in 2005, three decades after Lindbergh's death in 1974, the public learned that he had fathered seven children by three German women with whom he had longstanding affairs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh, by Candace Fleming (The Family Romanov), traces the aviator's life, begining with his rootless childhood and his days as a barnstorming stunt pilot to his rise to international fame as the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic. It follows him through the kidnapping and murder of his son, his very public embrace of Facism and eventual service in World War II, to his last days as an environmentalist. Using quotes from the diaries of Lindbergh and his wife, his speeches, and contemporary newspaper accounts, Fleming paints a vivid portrait of a deeply flawed man who was an advocate for racial "purity," a vocal and unrepentant anti-Semite, an enthusiastic admirer of Hitler and the Nazi Party, and a serial adulterer. Brief descriptions of animal research in the book may be disturbing to some readers. An engrossing read both for students who know little about Lindbergh and for parents who know him only as the heroic "Lucky Lindy" of their history textbooks.
Is It Any Good?
This is a compelling, thought-provoking, and sometimes tragic look at the life of a deeply flawed American hero who was both admired and reviled. For readers of The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh who want to learn more about his life, the author includes a detailed bibliography of books, articles, and speeches as well as extensive source notes for each chapter. Several dozen archival photographs offer glimpses into Lindbergh's family life, his childhood, his flight across the Atlantic, the trial of his son's kidnapper, and trips to Germany.
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