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Secret Heroes: Everyday Americans Who Shaped Our World Paperback – April 10, 2012
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“Self-sacrifice and determination abound in the tales....Meticulously researched, Martin holds his subjects in deserved high-esteem.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Reverent character sketches of some unusually self-reliant Americans....Inspirational yarns of exceptional folks who made a difference...surprisingly entertaining.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Paul Martin creates a fascinating sub-text to American history: the literally un-sung hero who through imagination, daring, perseverance, and occasional great risk affects the shaping of democracy. This enthralling, episodic ramble’s perfect for anyone interested in how America managed to get from there to here.” (James Conaway, author of Napa: The Story of an American Eden)
“Look who Paul Martin found hiding in the cracks and crevices of American history--a colorful cast of forgotten characters definitely worth getting to know!...From the grocery store to the battlefield, forgotten heroes who left an indelible mark on American history. An enjoyable and eye-opening read.” (Rick Beyer, author of The Greatest Stories Never Told)
“Endlessly entertaining…Martin introduces us to a colorful cast of saints, visionaries and occasional rogues, and he does so with style and zest. Heroes, yes, but secret no more, these are (extra)ordinary men and women well worth our attention, in a book that makes history joyous.” (Thomas C. Foster, author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor)
From the Back Cover
Not all American heroes appear in the standard history texts. Their achievements aren't celebrated like the monumental exploits of presidents, generals, and founding fathers. But for as long as this great nation has existed, ordinary citizens have done extraordinary things. In Secret Heroes, author Paul Martin spotlights thirty overlooked Americans, all of whom had an impact on their world and ours, including:
Hercules Mulligan, the New York tailor and spy who saved George Washington's life . . . twice!
Jimmie Angel, the gold-seeking bush pilot who, in 1933, discovered the world's highest waterfall in Venezuela.
Carl Akeley, a pioneering taxidermist who killed a leopard with his bare hands and inspired Africa's first national park.
Eliza Scidmore, who convinced the government to plant cherry trees in Washington, D.C. . . . after twenty-four years of lobbying!
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Top Customer Reviews
Unfortunately many of these Americans are women or minorities. It's amazing how long it took for white men to recognize their contributions. Grace Abbott was a particularly interesting person. I'm glad that someone was looking out for new 'crops of American children' with the same diligence that was give to our agriculture crops.
Jimmy Angel's story was well told. I never knew the origins of Angel Falls although I remember reading about the actual falls back in history class. I hope that I can live my life with the same dignity as Ishi. I wish we all had the courage to do what is right when the stakes are high, like Hugh Thompson, and the quiet dignity of Joseph Dutton. And Eliza Scidmore, goodness, the woman labored for years against a bunch of men who just didn't want to hear her. Now, visitors flock to DC every year to see her idea in bloom.
Great stories, well worth purchasing.Read more ›
In the book, Secret Heroes: Everyday Americans Who Shaped Our World, author Paul Martin did some extensive research into the lives of people who really did have an impact on the way this great country has been so blessed. Names of people you wouldn't recognize such as Carl Akeley, Jimmie Angel, Kirk Bloodsworth, Ishi, Hercules Mulligan, Cynthia Ann Parker and even Solomon Louis. In this amazing book, Paul Martin researches 31 amazing people whose lives had a lasting impact in ways we fail to recognize and in some cases taking our own government decades before they acknowledged the sacrifices these people made.
Ishi was the last of his Native American tribe that would rather risk death than living alone when his entire race of people were slaughters by the white man, leaving him all alone. Yet no remorse or bitterness was present when white man came to attempt to communicate with him and his story will not only make a lasting impression on your mind but on your heart as well.
Cynthia Ann Parker, was a white girl that was abducted by the Comanche tribes and spent years becoming part of their lives until her family intervened and attempted to bring her back to freedom. In the end, it broke her heart and ultimately brought about her own death.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very interesting and quick read. Paul Martin has managed to find some heartwarming historical figures that most of us have never heard of. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rex
Lots of interesting accounts of important but little known Americans when doing good and or great things was automatically American.Published on August 30, 2013 by William H. Ruff
In the tradition of Stephen Ambrose's favorite theme--that it is often the everyday person that rises above others to lead--Paul Martin has delivered. Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by Lance E. Osborne