For the first time, Joyce Milton gives us the dual biography of the wonder couple, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Their love prevailed against a horrifying kidnapping and murder splashed throughout the media, their careers, and even the criticism they underwent following their involvement in the America First movement as the United States entered World War II. With new information presented about their son’s kidnapper, Bruno Hauptmann, and Charlie’s own role in the case, Milton gives her readers a lot to think about. Thoroughly researched, Milton exposes a new understanding of and view into the personalities and lives of Charles, Anne, and the time they lived in.
This extraordinary dual biography reveals almost as much about American society as it does about the celebrated, often controversial careers of Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) and his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh (b. 1906). Milton ( The Yellow Kids ) examines the events and circumstances that brought the couple fame: Charles's unprecedented nonstop solo airplane flight across the Atlantic in 1927; Anne's social prominence; the kidnapping and murder of their son in 1932; their notorious role in the isolationist movement during WW II; their literary achievements; Charles's naive respect for Hitler. At the same time, Milton's superb research yields exceptionally evocative period details (for example, she suggests the delirium surrounding Lindbergh's Atlantic crossing by reporting that after the crowds departed, more than a ton of personal belongings was collected on the Paris airfield where he had landed). Among her most penetrating discussions are a convincing argument about the likely accomplices of kidnapper Bruno Hauptmann and an analysis of the relation between the Lindberghs' psychological makeup and their problematic politics. Better reasoned and more thorough than Dorothy Herrmann's recent Anne Morrow Lindbergh , Milton's authoritative and engrossing volume reshapes popular notions about its legendary subjects. Illustrations not seen by PW. BOMC, History Book Club and Reader's Digest Condensed Book selections.