A new book about Charles Lindbergh


  • He was perhaps the greatest spy in American history?
  • He was fundamentally responsible for defeating Germany in World War II?
  • His recommendations for engine settings allowed us to win the war in Asia sooner and saved thousands of lives?
  • He was the only person who negotiated with the Germans who included in his negotiations refuge for the Jews?
  • He visited a recently liberated Concentration Camp on his own time?
  • He volunteered to fight in combat in World War II, despite being too old to be drafted, and was an outstanding combat pilot?

Reliable and diverse sources such as the New York Times, the Chief of the U.S. Army Air Corps, his commanding officer in Asia, and the Official History of the U.S. Air Force all credit Lindbergh for saving thousands of American lives, shortening the war, and significant improvements in U.S. Security – not just in World War II but in Korea and Vietnam also.

Arguably, Lindbergh did as much to enable the U.S. to win World War II as any other American.

You didn’t know this? Perhaps because no aerospace engineer has ever investigated his legacy. Certainly not a Jewish one!

His legacy is complicated, especially his pre-World War II political conflict with some Jewish Americans, but he also engaged in more courageous and righteous endeavors than is usually recognized.

A Convenient Villain will give you a new perspective on one of the most controversial but important figures in American history.

A Convenient Villain
Charles and Anne Lindbergh, 1929
Charles and Anne Lindbergh, 1929
Lindbergh discussing military intelligence at Wright Air Base.
Charles Lindbergh testifying at the trial of the murderer of his son, Flemington, NJ, 1935
Charles Lindbergh testifying at the trial of the murderer of his son, Flemington, NJ, 1935

Between 1936 and 1938, Charles Lindbergh made 3 public trips to Nazi Germany. The military intelligence he collected was not only provided to the U.S. military but also to U.S. manufacturers of airplanes and their components. Lindbergh’s consultation with U.S. airplane manufacturers was entirely at his own initiative and expense. This book is the first to document the specific intelligence he acquired and how this information won the war.

Between 1938 and 1939, he made two secret trips to Germany during which he tried to help German Jews find refuge.

Endorsements of the Book

What happens when an aerospace engineer turned historical sleuth turns his gaze on a disgraced aviator and exposes the gray matter he discovers? Dr. Reich offers a provocative reassessment of a populist, accused of being an anti-Semite, who set his eyes on the White House. Dr. Reich offers extensive archival materials, political context, and some surprising results for those concerned today about Anti-Semitism. — Wayne L. Firestone, Jewish Communal Leader

“Driven by a passion to uncover the truth behind Lindbergh’s actions and their implications for American security, Dr. Reich embarked on a meticulous journey of research and discovery. From poring over archival documents at Yale Library to engaging in conversations with individuals who lived through Lindbergh’s era, he spared no effort in crafting a narrative that transcends the simplistic narratives often attached to historical figures…

Ultimately, “A Convenient Villain” is more than just a biography of Charles Lindbergh; it is a testament to the power of historical inquiry and the importance of approaching the past with an open mind. As Dr. Reich reminds us, understanding history requires not only a commitment to truth but also a willingness to confront its complexities with humility and empathy. In doing so, we may uncover truths that challenge our assumptions and broaden our understanding of the world we inhabit.” Review and Trends Magazine, May 2024