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Birthright Andrew Coburn

Birthright

Andrew Coburn

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ISBN : 9780684815299
Hardcover
320 pages
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On March 1, 1932, the sleeping infant son of American hero Charles Lindbergh was snatched from his crib. Four years later, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was executed for the babys murder, but six decades later, the crime of the century retains its hold onMoreOn March 1, 1932, the sleeping infant son of American hero Charles Lindbergh was snatched from his crib. Four years later, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was executed for the babys murder, but six decades later, the crime of the century retains its hold on the American imagination.Birthright stirs the ashes of this gripping tragedy by supposing that the kidnapping is the work of Hauptmann and two childhood friends: Rudy, who hatches the scheme to rob the Lindberghs, and Shell, who at first declares the plan crazy. But all their fates are sealed when Shells emotionally disturbed wife accidentally drops her own newborn baby, David, in the bathtub, killing him, and Shell decides to bring the Lindbergh baby home and present him to his dazed wife as her own.The boy grows up as David, and only many years later, when Shell is dying, does David, about to run for governor, learn the truth that Hauptmann took to his grave. In this moving and remarkably compelling novel, Andrew Coburn has woven an extraordinary tale of desire and grief, of deception and trust -- and of love and how it can destroy as easily as it can heal.