This is an extraordinary and unusual book, and certainly not what one would expect from the first man to fly the Atlantic alone.
Lindbergh (ever the trailblazer) sets the tone for the future otherworldly musings of astronauts. There must be something about the experience of flight-or of pioneering flight in particular-that sets fire to the spirit and imagination of man.
In Autobiography of Values, Lindbergh freely blends history, memoir, and metaphysical musings. Here we see what was hinted at in Of Flight & Life and parts of The Spirit of St. Louis, given free rein. Reading his mind-expanding phrases, and the extraordinary spiritual experiences during his famous Paris flight (mentioned three times), one sees how a yoga master (Yogananda) could have said that Lindbergh had been a Himalayan yogi in a past life (although this book was written decades after that statement).
Lindbergh was a private person; yet it seems to me that in this book he let the veil slip a little. Perhaps it was because his death was approaching that the flyer felt free to share some of his deepest thoughts.
I recommend this book to spiritual wayfarers and aviation buffs, and to those who fall somewhere between.
Richard Salva--author of Soul Journey from Lincoln to Lindbergh [UNABRIDGED]