By Joshua Kendall
While such a lot people consider 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 don't see is the awkward highschool pupil, who most popular ogling new devices on the ironmongery shop to gazing ladies stroll by way of of their summer season attire. definite, Lindbergh's certain approach invented the pre-flight record, yet his obsession with order additionally led him to call for that his spouse and 3 German mistresses account for all their family charges in specified 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 interesting examine the arc of yankee background in the course of the lens of compulsive habit, he indicates how a few of our nation's maximum achievements-from the announcement 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, similar to founding father Thomas Jefferson, licentious librarian Melvil Dewey, condiment kingpin H. J. Heinz, slugger Ted Williams, and Estee Lauder. This final character used to be so enthusiastic about touching different women's faces that she remodeled her compulsion right into a multibillion-dollar cosmetics corporation.
Entertaining and instructive, Kendall bargains up a couple of scoops alongside the best way: Little do such a lot americans comprehend that Charles Lindbergh, below the alias Clark Kent, sired seven kids together with his 3 German "wives." As Lindbergh's daughter Reeve instructed Kendall, "Now i do know why he used to be long gone a lot. I additionally comprehend why he was once overjoyed whilst i used to be studying German."
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America's Obsessives: The Compulsive Energy That Built a Nation by Joshua Kendall