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Secret Heroes : Everyday Americans Who Shaped Our World
by Paul Martin


Overview - Secret Heroes is a remarkable compendium by Paul Martin, former Executive Editor of National Geographic Traveler , that illuminates the lives of thirty forgotten American heroes. Gathering together remarkable stories about unknown champions, explorers, inventors, and innovators who never made the pages of American history textbooks--not George Washington, but the tailor who saved his life...twice; the first African-American combat pilot; the 62-year-old female muckraking journalist who refused to turn her back on injustice-- Secret Heroes is just the sort of fascinating and fun popular history that readers love, not unlike Kenneth C.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Secret Heroes is a remarkable compendium by Paul Martin, former Executive Editor of National Geographic Traveler, that illuminates the lives of thirty forgotten American heroes. Gathering together remarkable stories about unknown champions, explorers, inventors, and innovators who never made the pages of American history textbooks--not George Washington, but the tailor who saved his life...twice; the first African-American combat pilot; the 62-year-old female muckraking journalist who refused to turn her back on injustice--Secret Heroes is just the sort of fascinating and fun popular history that readers love, not unlike Kenneth C. Davis's bestselling Don't Know Much About(R) series and Rick Beyer's The Greatest Stories Never Told.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062096043
  • ISBN-10: 0062096044
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company
  • Publish Date: April 2012
  • Page Count: 337
  • Dimensions: 7.97 x 5.44 x 0.89 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.58 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-04-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

Figuring enough ink has been spilled writing up the usual suspects of American heroism—like Paul Revere, Martin Luther King Jr., Betsy Ross, and others—Martin, the executive editor of National Geographic Travel, provides readers with a medley of unsung heroes and their compelling stories. Self-sacrifice and determination abound in the tales of folks like Joseph Dutton, who moved to a leper colony in Hawaii at the end of the 19th century to devote the rest of his life to the ostracized community; Madam C.J. Walker, née Sarah Breedlove, a daughter of former slaves, who went from earning .50 a day as a laundress to becoming "one of the country's first self-made female millionaires" by selling her "hair grower" preparation as the African American beauty market expanded; and Hedy Lamarr, already known as a "silver screen goddess," who went largely unheralded for inventing a "a new technology that could be used to create a more accurate torpedo," for which she received a patent in 1942. Meticulously researched, Martin holds his subjects in deserved high-esteem. However, the brief chapters (separated into Voyagers, Innovators, and Humanitarians), while providing for an easy reading experience, might leave some readers wanting for more. Agent: Erin Malone, WME Entertainment. (Apr.)

 
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