Lindbergh was America's first reality star and he was idolized by the common man. The media made him out to be a real hero, and he was that, but he was also a man, subject to human frailties like the rest of the population. He could be cold and distant, and that side of him was never reported. It was unimaginable that the son of such a man could be taken, or that the story wouldn't turn out well, as heroes don't deserve pain and suffering. Haimes was the first reporter on the scene that night and managed to worm himself into the investigation.
As the days bled into weeks, he was changed. He admired Anne Lindbergh and the quiet dignity with which she faced this tragedy. He fell in love himself with a local woman. Still, he was a newspaperman, and his job was to get the story. When he gets a huge scoop, he must decide if he will print it, or withhold it to spare Mrs. Lindbergh. His decision has far-reaching consequences that changed his life forever.
Mark Di Lonno has written a fascinating story about the news events of the 1930's, tabloid reporting, and the men who made up the reporting profession. A journalist himself, he is spot-on in reporting the conflicts and moral decisions that must be made between the need to inform the public and the need to help the victims retain some humanity. He explores the dying of print journalism and discusses the rise of alternate media such as radio, television and the Internet. More than any of this, however, Di Lonno takes the reader inside the life of a real newspaperman and shows his conflicts and pride. This book is recommended for readers interested in great writing and a wonderful story.