Secret Heroes

Everyday Americans Who Shaped Our World

By Paul Martin
(William Morrow & Company, Paperback, 9780062096043, 337pp.)

Publication Date: April 2012

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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!

About the Author
A book and magazine editor with the National Geographic Society for three decades, Paul Martin spent the last ten years as executive editor of "National Geographic Traveler". Earlier in his career, he served as a military journalist in Vietnam and was assistant editor of "Outdoors" magazine and managing editor of "Continuing Education" for the "Family Physician". Martin lives near Washington, D.C. When not writing, he builds acoustic guitars.
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