Charles Lindbergh; His Life

New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1927. Presumed First Edition, First printing thus. Hardcover. vi, [8], 235, [5] pages. Frontispiece. DJ has wear, soiling and edge tears and chips. One illustration disbound bur present. Edge tear at page 121/2. Address label of previous owner on the fep. Introduction by Karl A. Bickel, President of the United Press Associations. The source material upon which this account of Captain Lindbergh's career is based, was collected in the United States and Europe by the news organizations of the United Press Associations. This is one of the earliest Lindbergh biography issued after his successful solo transatlantic flight. Charles Augustus Lindbergh (February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974) was an American aviator and military officer. On May 20–21, 1927, he made the first nonstop flight from New York City to Paris, a distance of 3,600 miles, flying alone for 33.5 hours. His aircraft, the Spirit of St. Louis, was designed and built specifically to compete for the Orteig Prize for the first flight between the two cities. It was the first solo transatlantic flight and the longest at the time by nearly 2,000 miles. It was one of the most consequential flights in history and ushered in a new era of air transportation between parts of the globe. He became a U.S. Army Air Service cadet in 1924, earning the rank of second lieutenant in 1925. Later that year, he was hired as a U.S. Air Mail pilot. For his flight, President Calvin Coolidge presented Lindbergh both the Distinguished Flying Cross and Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. military award. He also earned the highest French order of merit, the Legion of Honor. In July 1927, he was promoted to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army Air Corps Reserve. Dale Van Every (July 23, 1896 in Van, Michigan – May 28, 1976 in Santa Barbara, California) was an American writer, film producer, and studio executive. He graduated from Stanford in 1920[1][2] and went to work for the United Press news agency, first in New York, then around 1921, as a bureau chief in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. With Morris DeHaven Tracy, he wrote a biography of Charles Lindbergh which was published in 1927, the year Lindbergh made his famous solo trip across the Atlantic. He also wrote a number of historical non-fiction works, including a four-volume series on the American frontier experience. His first novel, Telling the World, was made into a 1928 movie of the same name; William Haines played a journalist who gets involved in a murder. Van Every went to Hollywood to work on the film and began writing screenplays. In 1934, he was paid a salary of $52,500 by Paramount Pictures, $250 less than Mary Pickford and $1000 more than Walt Disney. Along with Marc Connelly and John Lee Mahin, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Captains Courageous (1937). He was one of seven Universal Pictures studio executives who worked for Carl Laemmle and his son Julius (Carl Jr.) Laemmle during the golden age of Universal-Laemmle ownership. Later, he also produced some films. Morris DeHaven Tracy was a prominent journalist of the 1920s and 1930s, who covered for the United Press wire service many of the important stories of the day, such as the Scopes Evolution Trial, the election of Pope Pius XII, and the tour of Canada of the Prince of Wales.
He was born on August 6, 1890, in Hydesville, California. From 1908, he worked for the local Humboldt County newspapers covering the numerous shipwrecks along the Northern California coast. His coverage of the wreck of the passenger liner Bear in 1916 earned him a place in the San Francisco bureau of the United Press, where he was responsible for one of the most important scoops of the time, the reelection of Woodrow Wilson over Charles Evans Hughes. Through his connections with the Humboldt County clerk, Fred Kay, Tracy heard of errors in the initial reported tabulation, and became the first to confirm the election for Wilson. He became a bureau manager for the United Press in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C. In 1927, he co-authored with Dale Van Every the best-selling book Charles Lindbergh -- His Life. In 1934, after the death of his first wife, he resigned from the United Press and attempted to write his journalistic memoirs, but by 1935 he joined the Boston Traveler as a columnist and special assignment reporter.
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Keywords: Charles Lindbergh, Air Mail, Aviator, Stunt Flier, transatlantic, Spirit of St. Louis, Le Bourget, Paris, Solo Flight, Pilot, Army Aviator, Curtiss Field, Legion of Honor, Heroism, Endurance, Ryan Airline, Orteig Prize

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