"The day after which nothing would be the same for him was Friday, May 20, 1927. That morning, alone in a little plane powered by a single engine, Charles A. Lindbergh took off from a muddy runway on the outskirts of New York.
|Book cover finish
||Hardcover ( square back binding )
|Number of pages
||19 x 26 x 2.5 cm
||Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
"The day after which nothing would be the same for him was Friday, May 20, 1927. That morning, alone in a little plane powered by a single engine, Charles A. Lindbergh took off from a muddy runway on the outskirts of New York. His destination was Paris." So begins Brendan Gill's book about the most extraordinary feat of one of our century's most extraordinary men.
With his clarity of vision and his characteristic elegance, Gill gives us in Lindbergh Alone a meditation on one man's unprecedented accomplishment, and the world's overwhelming response to it.
It was not the author's intention to write a biography of Charles Lindbergh; rather, it was to observe an unknown young man at one moment in history, and to examine the forces that led him to act as he did. The 1920s was a period that sought out heroes and worshipped them extravagantly; few heroes were so unlike the age that fostered them as this "unheralded boy" of 25. A shy man, bold-hearted and firm of purpose, the Lindbergh we come to know in Gill's book is one whose intelligence and strength of will enabled him, through a single, superb act, to become perhaps the most celebrated figure of his time.