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Secret Heroes: Everyday Americans Who Shaped Our World Paul Martin

Secret Heroes: Everyday Americans Who Shaped Our World

Paul Martin

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ISBN : 9780062096043
Paperback
352 pages
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Not all American heroes appear in the standard history texts. Their achievements arent celebrated like the monumental exploits of presidents, generals, and founding fathers. But for as long as this great nation has existed, ordinary citizens haveMoreNot all American heroes appear in the standard history texts. Their achievements arent 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 Washingtons life . . . twice!Jimmie Angel, the gold-seeking bush pilot who, in 1933, discovered the worlds highest waterfall in Venezuela.Carl Akeley, a pioneering taxidermist who killed a leopard with his bare hands and inspired Africas first national park.Eliza Scidmore, who convinced the government to plant cherry trees in Washington, D.C. . . . after twenty-four years of lobbying!