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Secret Heroes: Everyday Americans Who Shaped Our World

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Not all American heroes appear in the standard history texts. Their achievements aren't celebrated like the monumental exploits of presidents, generals, and founding fathers. But for as long as this great nation has existed, ordinary citizens have done extraordinary things. In Secret Heroes, author Paul Martin spotlights thirty overlooked Americans, all of whom had an impa ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Some names in history are easily associated with the greatness of the acts they committed or simply by the person that they became. Other's however often go by the wayside because no one paid them much mind but their accomplishments are just as worthy as those of someone whose name is synonymous with greatness.

In the novel, Secret Heroes: Everyday Americans Who Shaped Our World, author Paul Martin did some extensive research into the lives of people who really did have an impact on the way this
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Teresa
This book is a series of vignettes about little known (mostly American) citizens who did great things that advanced the cause of humans in general, and the United States in particular. The book is divided up into three broad categories: Voyagers, Innovators and Humanitarians. Paul Martin chose eleven different people for the Voyagers section, including one non-American who traveled and attempted to find the start of the Mississippi River. My favorite people in this section include Ishi and Willi ...more
Julie - Book Hooked Blog
You guys know about This American Life, right? On NPR? Hosted by Ira Glass? Awesome? This book is like a historical This American Life. It focuses on the stories of people who dramatically impacted our nation, but who aren't celebrated in textbooks or history classes. People like the founder of PigglyWiggly stores, who developed the grocery store as we know it today. Or the Choctaw Code Talkers who first introduced the idea of using a Native American language as code in World War I.

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Doug
Series of short biographies focused on folks who may not be familiar, but have had a significant impact.

Very enjoyable -- gave me some new insights in a number of areas. I especially liked the sections on:
1. Eugene Bullard - African American fighter pilot in WWI
2. William Van Horne - American who helped complete the trans-Canada railroad for the Canadian Pacific.
3. Herman Haupt - restructured medical services within the Army of the Potomac.
4. Andrew Higgins - inventor of the Higgins boat used h
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The Reading Countess
To be fair, I didn't read Secret Heroes from cover to cover. Rather, like most readers, I did the pick and choose method.

Well researched and an easy read.
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