Against Wind and Tide (Letters and Journals 1947-1986)
By Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Edited by Reeve Lindbergh
New York, Pantheon Books, 358 pages, $27.95CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The epic flight across the Atlantic of Charles A. Lindbergh occurred eighty-five years ago. 1927 was his pivotal year. After his journey, the tall and handsome Lindbergh married Anne Morrow, the daughter of Huntington, W.Va., native Ambassador Dwight Morrow, and set out with her on various remarkable journeys to survey routes for the establishment of airways as yet unborn.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, after the cruel kidnapping death of their son, Charles Jr., turned to writing as her means of sharing her life with others, and consoling herself after such a terrible event.
Against Wind and Tide was AML's last book. In truth, the contents were not actually written to form a book, but were meticulously collected and edited by her daughter Reeve. Surely it was a work of love, and a collection of documents which revealed much about the complex person that AML was. She had a long life, and died at the age of 94, still keeping an interest in aviation as well as a desire to encourage others to seek their own special star, their own chosen goal.
To characterize writings that spanned nearly forty years with a single word is impossible. She was, at various times a great traveler, riding commercial planes to Europe often, beginning in the days of propeller planes, and moving into the age of jet aircraft. She says little in her journals about the wonders of the new methods of flight, but does revel in her ability to transverse large portions of the earth in a few hours.
She was a woman on the move. Charles and Anne moved to England after the death of their little son, and thereafter the couple moved almost constantly, living in New England and Switzerland, finally on the island of Maui, where Charles is buried. The constant moving and shuttling, along with bearing six children made life stressful for AML, but evidently she was not only able to tolerate this change of locations, but to thrive as her household grew and then diminished as time went by.