Anne Morrow Lindbergh - First Lady of the Air
Author: Kathleen C. Winters
Paperback, Copyright 2008, 256 pages, 7 photos, 2 map illustrations
Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 x 0.71 inches (155 x 234 x 18 mm)
Best known as a writer and diarist, Anne Morrow Lindbergh was one of the defining
figures of American aviation. A bright and adventurous woman,
to pioneer air routes, traveled around the world, and came to be adored
by the American public. In this captivating biography, author and pilot
Kathleen C. Winters gives an in-depth account of Anne's youth and flying
career, all set against the dazzling backdrop of aviation's golden age.
Anne Morrow's early years followed an
unlikely trajectory. Born into a wealthy family, she lived a sheltered
life until she met the aviator Charles Lindbergh, whose celebrity status and
tasted for adventure opened up a world of possibility for her. Winters
traces Charles' and Anne's budding romance and eventual marriage, and shows
the instrumental role they played in laying the groundwork for a nascent
aviation industry. Drawing on never-before-revealed flight details
from the Lindbergh archives, she vividly recreates the exploits of the
husband-and-wife team, following them across five continents to such
far-flung destinations as communist Russia, the desolate Arctic wilderness,
and flood-ravaged China.
Also revealed here is the human drama behind
Anne's adventures. Quiet and introspective, she found herself
constantly in the public eye and endured journalistic intrusion into every
part of her life, including the tragic abduction and murder of her son.
She also struggled to reconcile conflicting roles and ambitions, and in the
end traded her turbulent life as a pilot for an immensely successful writing
career. Nonetheless, as Winters demonstrates, her contributions to
aviation history remain a vital part of her legacy. At once gripping
and nuanced, this book restores Anne Morrow Lindbergh to her rightful place
alongside Amelia Earhart and Nellie Bly in the great tradition of American
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Kathleen C. Winters is an aviation historian as well as a certificated
pilot and former flight instructor. Her articles have appeared in Woman
Pilot, Aviation for Women, and Soaring magazines, and she has been a
featured speaker at the Lindbergh Symposium in Ft. Myers, Florida. She
lives in Minnesota.
Praise for Anne Morrow Lindbergh
"There's no denying the pioneering nature - or danger - of the
Lindbergh's flights....Readers interested in the early years of flight and
the Lindberghs will find the book of interest."
- The Washington Times
"Both pointed and modest...Charles could have
had almost any pilot in the world for his second seat, so his choice is a
- The New York Times Book Review
"Winters vividly reminds us what a courageous
pioneer Anne was."
- Richmond Times-Dispatch
"A perfectly calibrated tribute to an early heroine of the air."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Beautifully written . . . Anne Morrow Lindbergh emerges as a more
complete and relatable character then ever before, and an aviator long
overdue for respect."
"An admirable array of research. . . . Anne's important role in early
aviation has not been treated as extensively elsewhere."
"Kathleen Winters has rendered a service to aviation history by telling
a story that, amazingly, has gone untold for decades."
--Barrett Tillman, author of Lemay: A Biography and Clash of the
"Only a handful of writers have captured the beauty of flight in
writing, and Anne Morrow Lindbergh figures prominently among them. It is
curious that until now, no one has examined the life in the air from
which that writing drew. In a wonderful telling, long overdue and most
welcome, Winters gives us a rich and vibrant portrait of Anne Morrow
--David Toomey, author of Stormchasers and co-author of Amelia Earhart's
"Winters' thoughtful account...brings out the truth. With this book, she
brings back to us the excitement and adventure of those early flying
days, and honors a quiet, courageous woman who became an integral part
of it all. I recommend this work wholeheartedly, and with gratitude."
--Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of Anne Morrow and Charles Lindbergh
"Kathleen Winters skillfully weaves original material, never before
published, to depict Anne Lindbergh's aviation career and life story. A
moving tribute and a compelling read."
--Dr. Peggy Chabrian, President, Women in Aviation International
"Kathleen Winters brings Anne Morrow Lindbergh's life as a pilot into
sharp focus. Her book is a welcome addition to the history of women in
--Martha Ackmann, author of The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen
Women and the Dream of Space Flight
Review by Paul Remde
Kathleen Winters is known here in Minnesota for her many excellent state
soaring record flights and other flights in her Libelle H201B sailplane. You can see her
records here: MN State Soaring Records.
I enjoyed the book very much. It is an interesting trip back in
time. Anne played an important role in several very long aviation
adventures with her husband Charles. She did a great job as radio
operator and backup pilot - as well as other roles. Their
adventures were closely followed by the press and the general public.
It is also interesting that Anne was the first woman and tenth American
to hold a first-class glider license. Her husband Charles was the
holder of the ninth first-class glider license.