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And his refusal to cash in on his fame but Kessner reveals that Lindbergh was closely allied with and managed by a group of powerful businessmen Harry Guggenheim Dwight Morrow and Henry Breckenridge chief among them who sought to exploit aviation for mass transport and massive profits Their efforts paid off as commercial air traffic soared from passengers in to passengers in Kessner's book is the first to fully explore Lindbergh's central role in promoting the airline industry the rise of which has influenced everything from where we live to how we wage war and do business.. A good description of Lindbergh s early life and the preparation leading up to the world s first nonstop transatlantic flight Today we remember Lindbergh s accomplishment as a big deal but we don t fully appreciate why His competition were professionally funded full complement flight crews large decked out planes with several people in each Lindbergh thought small He took a small craft and stripped away everything that was not absolutely necessary including seat upholstery parachutes emergency gear even the margins of maps To save space and weight he moved the fuel tank directly in front of the cockpit and because of that he couldn t even see ahead of h

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N history Kessner vividly recreates the flight itself and the euphoric reaction to it on both sides of the Atlantic and argues that Lindbergh's amazing feat occurred just when the world still struggling with the disillusionment of WWI desperately needed a hero to restore a sense of optimism and innocence Kessner also shows how new forms of mass media made Lindbergh into the most famous international celebrity of his time casting him in the role of a humble yet dashing American hero of rural origins and traditional values Much has been made of Lindbergh's personal integrity. The Flight of the Century Charles Lindbergh and the Rise of the American Aviation by Thomas Kessner While I know of Lindbergh s achievement who doesn t I knew nothing about the man or what it took to get him into the air My knowledge of aviation is very limited This book was a great book to start on It had great information about Charles Lindbergh and plenty of history of flying through the ages It kept my attention from beginning to end something many of the history books I ve read lately have been unable to do This didn t read like a textbook and I greatly appreciated that This is definitely the story of an underdog and a challeng

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Of the eBook #184 In late May an inexperienced and unassuming year old Air Mail pilot from rural Minnesota stunned the world by making the first non stop transatlantic The Flight ePUB #192 flight A spectacular feat of individual daring and collective technological accomplishment Charles Lindbergh's flight from New York to Paris ushered in the modern age of commercial aviationIn The Flight of the PDF #8608 Flight of the Century Thomas Kessner takes a fresh look at one of America's greatest moments explaining how what was essentially a publicity stunt became a turning point i. A pretty good look at the life of Charles Lindbergh and how he grew up to become one of the most famous people of the day I would have liked a little detail about the kidnapping how that affected him and the details of the investigation as I ve read The Aviators and it seemed to include detail I d also have liked a little information about his travels to Europe amid the rise of Naziism it seems the book only focused on the negatives about Lindbergh and his flawed ideology Overall it was a good look into aviation in general in the era of Tri Motors and up and coming airlines and how the transition from airmail to airlines really changed aviation

10 thoughts on “The Flight of the Century

  1. says:

    A pretty good look at the life of Charles Lindbergh and how he grew up to become one of the most famous people of the day

  2. says:

    The description of Lindberg's early life through his marriage and how it came about were interesting and worthy of the hero title He had to learn how to have grace under pressure and operate in a celebrity world that he was ill fitted for After Dwight Morrow's death he entered a scientific world that was resur

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    I'm using the Thomas Kessner book to improve my reading and proficiency in English I'm a student pilot and this genre enjoy me

  4. says:

    Flight of the Century covers the life and impact of Charles Lindbergh and the Atlantic Crossing that created a modern celebrity culture around an instant hero Although others would complete the same feat in weeks the fact that Lindbergh did it alone and without the advanced technologies of the others led to a special place in his f

  5. says:

    Although I came of hero worshipping age in the 1950s long after Lindbergh had exposed himself as a Nazi loving racist and anti Semite all I knew about was his heroic flight and a little bit about his efforts to e

  6. says:

    The Flight of the Century Charles Lindbergh and the Rise of the American Aviation by Thomas Kessner ★★★

  7. says:

    A good description of Lindbergh's early life and the preparation leading up to the world's first nonstop transatl

  8. says:

    A must read for anyone involved with or interested in aviation I'd always heard about Lucky Lindy and the Spirit of St Louis but I never realized what a close thing the Atlantic crossing truly was nor the crazy fervor after

  9. says:

    Charles Lindberg is well known for his flight to Paris the kidnapping and murder of his son and the unorthodox views he took on later in life This book provides extensive documentation end notes about his life pri

  10. says:

    Loved this book Well written concise very good at describing not just what Lindbergh achieved but the times people and context of wh

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