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Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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by Susan Hertog

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An illuminating portrait of Anne Morrow Lindbergh--loyal wife, devoted mother, pioneering aviator, and critically acclaimed author of the bestselling Gift from the Sea.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh has been one of the most admired women and most popular writers of our time. Her Gift from the Sea is a perennial favorite. But the woman behind the public person

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Anne Morrow Lindbergh 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who has read Anne Morrow Lindbergh's books and was impressed by her courage in accompanying her husband in flight, her perceptive written observations as she searched for more depth and meaning in life, her strength in emotionally surviving the horrible kidnapping death of her baby will NOT find the fleshed-out person you seek in the laborious biography by Susan Hertog. The author writes with the amateur footnoted patchwork of a fledgling college English major. Denied access to Anne's private papers and only having gained ten interviews, she presents voluminous scraps of information which come across as piecemeal and conflicting. Where a true insight into Anne fails her, the author returns again and again to Charles, reiterating his faults in what the public has always done in vilifying its heroes. Her extensive coverage and criticism of Charles' nonintervention WWII stance before Pearl Harbor was attacked is judgmental and strident in tone. Over and over again throughout the book, the author falls prey to being judge and jury, drawing conclusions and making generalizations, apparently limited by the filter of her own narrow life experiences. As she alternately condemns and praises the Lindberghs, you are aware of Hertog's own ambivalence. Yet the mark of a true biographer would be one who remains invisible while presenting the person in all of his/her vicissitudes. When will we ever have the pleasure of meeting Anne in the pages of a biography? Maybe never - since she has refused to name a biographer or write one herself. Maybe her refusal is her final statement: The press never had the right to dissect our lives - and they still don't. Each person is entitled to a private journey as he/she struggles down the various paths of enlightenment. At least Anne attempted the journey and perhaps already understood that each person must do so individually; for the answers to life's mysteries could not be revealed in the tidy summations of a biographer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a good complement to Anne Morrow Lindbergh's memoirs. The author does not flinch when describing Colonel Lindbergh's strange preoccupation with eugenics or his criticism of American Jews before the war. Anne is depicted as the ever-loyal wife who supported him despite her misgivings. What becomes clear is that the 1932 murder of their oldest child shaped both their personal and political views. Despite her wealth and talent, Anne in her later years comes across as lonely and still unsure of her obvious gifts.
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