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The Wartime Journals of Charles A. Lindbergh

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This huge book, which contains some nice photographs, is a transcription of the wartime journals of Charles A. Lindbergh ( from November 1937 to the postwar era ).


Book cover finish Canvas finish, Headband, Hardcover ( rounded spine binding )
Special features First edition, Slightly damaged dust jacket
Condition Old, like new
Number of pages 1038
Published date 1970
Languages English
Size 17 x 25 x 6 cm
Author Charles A. Lindbergh
Editor Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.




The quarter century that has passed since the ending of World War II has dimmed our recollection, which is reason enough for us to be interested in reading a unique record of that terrible time. But the years have also lessened our sense of ceritude. The past is always compromised by the present : many of the assurances of long ago, on re - examination, turn into questions and speculations. Both the exercise of memory and the writing of history tend to make it so, however different they are in resource. The historian will attempt to read the whole record of the past so far as he is able, but since he cannot write the whole record, he will select those events and circumstances that accommodate his thesis or his bias or his style or whatever. Those selected items of occurrence become, as Max Weber concluded, the facts of history.


So, too, in writing of the moment, as in a diary or journal, an act of selection takes place. One must decide what was significant in the course of a day before he can keep a reasonably short record of its passing. Yet the journal becomes, in the hands of a serious and candid person, an exceptional means by which events can be depicted literally, which is to say depicted with both accuracy of account and a constistency of view.


( ... ) General Lindbergh undertook to keep his journals in November of 1937 because, as he says, he recognized the portent of the time and realized, too, that he fortunately able to speak to leaders and representatives of the world's large military powers He kept the journals until the Summer of 1945 ; they close with an account of his return to the broken cities of Europe. ( ... )

Charles A. Lindbergh

Charles Augustus Lindbergh ( February 4th, 1902 - August 26th, 1974 ) was born in Detroit ( Michigan, United States ). He spent most of his childhood in Little Falls ( Minnesota ) and Washington, D.C. From an early age, Charles A. Lindbergh had exhibited an interest in the mechanics of motorized transportation, including his family's Saxon Six automobile, and later his Excelsior motorbike. By the time he started college as a mechanical engineering student, he had also become fascinated with flying, though he " had never been close enough to a plane to touch it ". 

After quitting college in February 1922, Charles Lindbergh enrolled at the Nebraska Aircraft Corporation's Flying School in Lincoln and flew for the first time on April 9th, as a passenger in a two - seat Lincoln Standard " Tourabout " biplane trainer piloted by Otto Timm ( 1893 - 1978 ). His solo flight came in May 1923 at Souther Field ( Americus, Georgia ). After joining the United States Army Air Service, Charles A. Lindbergh graduated first overall in his class in March 1925, thereby earning his Army pilot's wings and a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Service Reserve Corps. 

In October 1925, he was hired by the Robertson Aircraft Corporation ( R.A.C. ) to first lay out and then serve as Chief Pilot for the newly designated 278 - mile ( 447 km ) Contract Air Mail Route to provide service between St. Louis ( Missouri ) and Chicago ( Illinois ). Although still flying as an Air Mail pilot, Charles A. Lindbergh took part in the first successful nonstop transatlantic flight New York City - Paris. Piloting The Spirit of St. Louis, he took off from Roosevelt Field ( Long Island ) on May 20th, 1927, and landed successfully at Le Bourget Aerodrome ( France ) the day after. Charles A. Lindbergh received unprecedented adulation after his historic flight. 

At the request of the United States military, Charles A. Lindbergh traveled to Nazi Germany several times between 1936 and 1938 to evaluate German aviation. He also undertook a survey of aviation in the Soviet Union in 1938. In late 1940, Charles A. Lindbergh became spokesman of the non - interventionist America First Committee ( an anti - war organization using  antisemitic and pro - fascist rhetoric ). Because of his trips to Nazi Germany, combined with a belief in eugenics, Charles A. Lindbergh was suspected of being a Nazi sympathizer. 

In 1943, he joined United Aircraft as an engineering consultant, and later, was sent to the Far East Theatre. In his six months in the Pacific in 1944, Charles A. Lindbergh took part in fighter bomber raids on Japanese positions, flying 50 combat missions ( as a civilian ). On July 28th, he managed to shot down a Japanese observation plane. By the end of the war, he returned to Europe and became involved in the exfiltration of Nazi scientists. After the war, Charles A. Lindbergh toured the Nazi concentration camps and later wrote that he was disgusted and angered. 

In later life, he was heavily involved in conservation movements, and was deeply concerned about the negative impacts of new technologies on the natural world and native peoples. 

( source : Wikipedia )

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