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A. Scott Berg discusses Lindbergh.

From one of America's most acclaimed biographers, here at last is the definitive life of one of the most legendary, controversial, and enigmatic figuers in American history—Charles A. Lindbergh. National Book Award winner A. Scott Berg is the first and only writer to have been given unrestricted access to the massive Lindbergh archives—more than 2,000 boxes of personal papers, including reams of unpublished letters and diaries—and to be allowed to freely interview Lindbergh's friends, colleagues, and family members, including his children and his widow, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The result is a brilliant biography that clarifies a life long blurred by myth and half-truth. From the moment he landed in Paris on May 21, 1927, Lindbergh found himself thrust upon an odyssey for which he was ill-prepared—the first modern media superstar, deified and demonized many times over in a single lifetime. Berg casts dramatic new light on Lindbergh's childhood; his astonishing flight; the kidnapping of his son, which has been called 'The Crime of the Century'; Lindbergh's fascination with Hitler's Germany; and his unsung work in his later years. In all, this is a most compelling story of a most significant life: the most private of public figuers finally revealed with a sweep and detail never before possible. This is at once Lindbergh the hero and Lindbergh the man. —from the publisher's website (timspalding)… (more)

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Berg was born in Norwalk, Connecticut. The son of Barbara Berg and film producer Dick Berg, young Scott was raised Jewish. When Scott was eight, his family relocated to Los Angeles, California. While a sophomore at Palisades Charter High School, Scott researched the author F. Scott Fitzgerald (a favorite of Barbara's, who named her son in part after Fitzgerald) for a report and "developed a mania" for his writing. Berg read all of Fitzgerald's works and later recalled: "It was the first time I saw the fusion of an artist and his life, a tragic and romantic life."[4] Scott applied to Princeton University, primarily because it was Fitzgerald's alma mater,[5] and was accepted in 1967. After graduating from Princeton in 1971 he formulated a career plan at this time, and later recalled: "I did tell myself early on: I think it would be interesting, perhaps, to spend a career writing a half-dozen biographies of twentieth-century American cultural figures—each one, as I often use as my metaphor, a different wedge of the great apple pie."
A. Scott Berg lives with his partner Kevin McCormick, a film producer, in Los Angeles.
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