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Forgotten Heroes: Inspiring American Portraits from Our Leading Historians (Society of American Historians)

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
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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Teresa
Feb 02, 2010 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jill Hutchinson
Jul 24, 2013 Jill Hutchinson rated it really liked it
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
Grant
Jan 26, 2015 Grant rated it really liked it
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
Michael
Dec 27, 2007 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Shawn
Apr 08, 2015 Shawn rated it did not like it
I didn't think all of these people should be given hero status. There wasn't a strong common thread other than these people were 100% American in the fact that they beat the odds fighting against them.
P Freeman
Sep 16, 2014 P Freeman rated it really liked it
Lots of people I've never heard of that helped shape America. It's good that their story was written down
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