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The Spirit of St. Louis (1953)

by Charles A. Lindbergh

Other authors: Reeve Lindbergh (Introduction)

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The story behind the autobiographical The Spirit of St. Louis, published 60-years ago this fall, is interesting because Lindbergh spent 14 years working on it, putting in more effort than actually flying across the Atlantic, and perhaps even his entire 5-year flying career to that point. He wrote and re-wrote the 600 pages at least 6 times, laboring over semi-colons and words to an exacting degree. The book has a structure that reflects the experience of being alone while struggling mentally through uncertainty and final achievement. It's one of the greatest works of American 'outdoor literature', and memoirs, of the 20th century and will be read (and readable) for a long time. As novelist John P. Marquand observed, "It has a timeless quality and an authentic strength and beauty that should cause it to be read by this generation and by many following — as long, in fact, as anyone is left who cares for fine writing and high courage." ( )
1 vote Stbalbach | Aug 3, 2013 |
Incredibly well-written and interesting story of Lindbergh's life prior to and during his historic flight. I care little for airplane facts or the history of flight, but this book held my interest all the way through. ( )
  tnilsson | Jan 25, 2013 |
For a man who describes himself as uninterested in spelling and grammar, Charles Lindbergh has written a wonderful book, completely worthy of a Pulitzer Prize. Lindbergh's book "The Spirit of St. Louis" follows his successful effort to become the first person to make a trans-Atlantic flight. Most regarded him initially as a crank -- too inexperienced and relying only on one-engine... but in the end his guts and courage carry him across the ocean to France. The story is told in great detail from the birth and of an idea to the construction of his airplane to an hour by hour account of his flight. Some of the tale gets bogged down a bit as he reminisces during the huge amount of downtown in the flight but overall this is a great account. ( )
  amerynth | May 20, 2011 |
The enthralling description of the first non-stop airplane flight between America and Europe – and of the man who staked his life on his conviction that it could be done. ( )
  Toolroomtrustee | Mar 29, 2010 |
Fantastic. The story is so unique, and Lindbergh's telling is so real and down-to-earth (how ironic). What I enjoyed the most was the way the narrative recalled those days from not-so-long-ago: how unusual it was for a plane to fly overhead (people came running to see, schools let out, businesses closed), how early it was in the lifecycle of aviation (crude instruments, no radio, open cockpits), and how amazing the New York-to-Paris flight was at the time (Lindbergh flying solo for 36 hrs, no reliable weather forecasts or current information, over an open ocean). Makes me feel sheepish for complaining about a 5 hour delay in Philly. ( )
  tgraettinger | Jun 16, 2009 |
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Along with most of my fellow fliers, I believed that aviation had a brilliant future. Now we live, today, in our dreams of yesterday; and, living in those dreams, we dream again...." -- From The Spirit of St. Louis

Charles A. Lindbergh captured the world's attention -- and changed the course of history -- when he completed his famous nonstop flight from New York to Paris in 1927. In The Spirit of St. Louis, Lindbergh takes the reader on an extraordinary journey, bringing to life the thrill and peril of trans-Atlantic travel in a single-engine plane. Eloquently told and sweeping in its scope, Lindbergh's Pulitzer Prize-winning account is an epic adventure tale for all time.

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Presents Lindbergh's own account of his historic transatlantic solo flight in 1927.

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