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Forgotten Heroes: Inspiring American Portraits from Our Leading Historians (Society of American Historians)
Thirty-five prominent members of the Society of American Historians share their favorite stories of unsung American heroes -- from Johnny Appleseed to Sam Philips.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 13th 1999 by Free Press
(first published 1998)
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This book was a really cool random find. I love reading about US History and this profiled some very interesting people that missed getting into the history text books. There were a few people that were profiled that I wouldn't necessarily call Heroes but they were certainly very interesting people that had a long term impact on America in some way.
This is an interesting book which covers the lives and historic contributions to American history of some fairly unknown and forgotten people.. With an introduction by David McCullough, each chapter is a stand-alone about the subject and written by a different historian. Some of the persons in this book you have heard of but most are practically unknown in the present day. Each one offered some service to the United States, whether in the classification of the Library of Congress book system or ...more
A fascinating collection of short essays on "heroes" that are not prominent in American history or popular culture. As each historian chose their own definition of "hero," the choices are charmingly idiosyncratic, ranging from military figures to civil rights workers to athletes. Almost everyone reading this volume will find someone of whom they had never previously heard. The authors are in particular to be commended for showing their heroes with flaws, sometimes the very flaws that led to them ...more
I think it's great when a group of people make the effort to compile bios on individuals that could have easily been famous for their great accomplishments, yet fell by the public-opinion-way-side due to multifarious situations. I only wish I could remember which individuals were covered in this book!