Invisible Giants: Fifty Americans Who Shaped the Nation But Missed the History Books
Because history is as fallible as the people who record it, many of the figures who have shaped our country have receded from public memory. In order to celebrate and call attention to these lives, Oxford University Press asked fifty accomplished personalities from a diverse range of interests to each select a person from the 24-volume American National Biography that they...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published September 18th 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published May 16th 2002)
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This book was o.k., but I would not necessarily recommend it. Some of these short biographical sketches were interesting, but many were not. The main drawback to this book was that all of the sketches read more like a dictionary entry; they are very factual and brief, with very little interesting, anecdotal information. The other factor that made the book less enjoyable to me might not bother others: In my opinion most of the people chosen to be featured in the book were not people I could perso...more