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Invisible Giants: Fifty Americans Who Shaped the Nation But Missed the History Books

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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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Barbara
May 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, 2011
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
Jeffrey
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great compilation of our country's unsung heroes. Many of the names I'd previously been familiar with, but many were a refreshing introduction.

This title was loaned to me by a fellow librarian in the hope of broadening my scope of knowledge in regards to the numbers of historically forgotten contributors to America.

I resigned myself purchase this title as I'll find it an invaluable resource in my personal library.

Thanks Rafa, a MOS DEF good read!
Mark Luongo
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History teachers
Some interesting stories taken from the American National Biography and definitely not names you spend time on in the classroom. It depends on the reader to decide if in fact these individuals are "Invisible Giants." I found George Bancroft, Dorothy Fields, Nathaniel Greene, Herman Haupt, Rocky Marciano, Sequoyah, Emma Goldman and Frank Woolworth of particular interest The rest in my opinion are marginal and I leave it up to others to decide.
Sue
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book was nicely planned, and looked good, but none of these people sparked my interest.

Appears to be cheap knock-off version of Secret Heroes by Paul Martin. His book got a five-star rating from me, because that's what I expected.
Steve
Oct 01, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a very well-written set of short bio-sketches of Americans that we should know better.
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