When such a lot people give some thought to Charles Lindbergh, we photo a rushing twenty-five-year-old aviator stepping out of the Spirit of St. Louis after finishing his solo flight around the Atlantic. What we do not see is the awkward highschool pupil, who most popular ogling new instruments on the ironmongery store to gazing ladies stroll by means of of their summer season clothes. definite, Lindbergh's distinct attitude invented the pre-flight list, yet his obsession with order additionally led him to call for that his spouse and 3 German mistresses account for all their loved ones charges in special ledgers.
Lucky Lindy is only one of numerous American icons whom Joshua Kendall places at the psychologist's sofa in AMERICA'S OBSESSIVES. during this attention-grabbing examine the arc of yankee heritage throughout the lens of compulsive habit, he indicates how a few of our nation's maximum achievements-from the assertion of Independence to the discovery of the iPhone-have roots within the disappointments and frustrations of early childhood.
Starting with the obsessive natures of a few of Silicon Valley's titans, together with Steve Jobs, Kendall strikes directly to profile seven iconic figures, reminiscent of founding father Thomas Jefferson, licentious librarian Melvil Dewey, condiment kingpin H. J. Heinz, slugger Ted Williams, and Estee Lauder. This final character was once so captivated with touching different women's faces that she remodeled her compulsion right into a multibillion-dollar cosmetics corporation.
Entertaining and instructive, Kendall bargains up a number of scoops alongside the way in which: Little do such a lot americans understand that Charles Lindbergh, lower than the alias Clark Kent, sired seven little ones together with his 3 German "wives." As Lindbergh's daughter Reeve instructed Kendall, "Now i do know why he was once long gone lots. I additionally comprehend why he was once thrilled while i used to be studying German."
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