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Charles A. Lindbergh: Autobiography of Values [Paperback]

Charles A. Lindbergh

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Publishers Ltd; 1st Harvest/HBJ Ed edition (1 Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156094029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156094023
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.5 x 3.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,348,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The memoirs of the celebrated American aviator tell of personal feats and adventures, a deep feeling for the natural life, and intimations of unknown universes.

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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars An intimate conversation with an adventurous sage 26 Aug 1998
By Tony Mayo, Top Executive Coach - Published on Amazon.com
Charles A. Lindbergh, first person to fly the Atlantic alone, is a fascinating character. This book, written at the end of his life, is a glimpse in the fertile mind of a great man. He tells the story of being one of the first modern media celebrities, an unsought burden. We also follow him through his careers as a pilot in World War II and as a medical researcher.
The real appeal of this book is not the facts of Lindbergh's life, amazing and interesting as they are. The true privilege for the reader is to hear Lindbergh ruminate on the nature of life and spirituality, the ways to remain sane and centered in modern society, and what it means to be an individual while part of a team.
Lindbergh emerges from this memoir as a deep and warm human, one whose passage through this plane touched so many in a positive way.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blend of History, Memoir, and Metaphysical Musings 28 Mar 2006
By Richard Salva - Published on Amazon.com
This is an extraordinary and unusual book, and certainly not what one would expect from the first man to fly the Atlantic alone.

Lindbergh (ever the trailblazer) sets the tone for the future otherworldly musings of astronauts. There must be something about the experience of flight-or of pioneering flight in particular-that sets fire to the spirit and imagination of man.

In Autobiography of Values, Lindbergh freely blends history, memoir, and metaphysical musings. Here we see what was hinted at in Of Flight & Life and parts of The Spirit of St. Louis, given free rein. Reading his mind-expanding phrases, and the extraordinary spiritual experiences during his famous Paris flight (mentioned three times), one sees how a yoga master (Yogananda) could have said that Lindbergh had been a Himalayan yogi in a past life (although this book was written decades after that statement).

Lindbergh was a private person; yet it seems to me that in this book he let the veil slip a little. Perhaps it was because his death was approaching that the flyer felt free to share some of his deepest thoughts.

I recommend this book to spiritual wayfarers and aviation buffs, and to those who fall somewhere between.

Richard Salva--author of Soul Journey from Lincoln to Lindbergh [UNABRIDGED]
5.0 out of 5 stars Insight into a remarkable individual 5 July 2014
By A. Longo - Published on Amazon.com
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In this book, Charles Lindbergh gives an account of his youth and the principles which guided him into adult life. He goes on to give an account of his aviation career. He explains how his travels broaden his viewpoint and intrigued him. He discusses how he met Ann Morrow and how she participated with him in his travels. He discusses his travels prior to and after World War II and gives insights into the current political thinking of the times. Also included are insights into how the US government functioned during those times, and unfortunately how the press treated Lindbergh and his family throughout his life.
3.0 out of 5 stars Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 16 Mar 2014
By V-ROD - Published on Amazon.com
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If there has been one author I have enjoyed the most, it would have to be Charles Lindbergh. He was a man who constantly analyzed life. He wanted to learn about the fundamentals and essence of life. This book details his search for meaning and the "truth" of life. Mr. Lindbergh writes about his continuing struggle between modern civilization and returning to nature and living simply. He deals with enormous juxtapositions. His name had become synonomous with aviation and yet he realized its development had been used to destroy during WWII. He hated notoriety but yet he found himself caught up in a whirlwind of unwanted media and political attention. He found that he loved the simple life and living in nature, and yet he wanted to advance modern civilization and live in its existence. He writes:
"The tempo of modern civilization has a centrifugal force that carries us outward from the core of life toward ever-expanding peripheries. One should return frequently to the core, and to basic values of the individual- to natural surroundings, to simplicity and contemplation. Long ago, I resolved to so arrange my life that I could move back and forth between periphery and core."
Charles Lindbergh provides tremendous insight into life as he describes all that he experienced in his lifetime. These include his famous flight, his father and his relationship, Roosevelt, the war, and his experiments and exploration. It is really a joy to read. However, a subject he alluded to all along the book becomes his full blown philosophy in the last 2 chapters. That is evolution. As a Christian to read this seems tragic. He constantly refers to how fragile we are and how limited science and rational thought is, and yet he embraces the dogma. Although he has repect to Christianity, he never seemed to be able to embrace its truths. As I was reading his spiritual philosophy it reminded me of a Bible verse that is repeated twice, which I think is significant:

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 14:12;16:25 (KJV)
5.0 out of 5 stars Book in good condition. 10 Oct 2013
By Protobug - Published on Amazon.com
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Charles Lindbergh gets philosophical about war in this book. In particular the detachment that pilots have with the effects on the ground from their bombing. My uncle flew with them in the Philippines, that is why I bought this book.
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