Magill's Choice: American Heroes

“These three modest volumes feature over 200 biographical sketches of American men and women, living and dead, who represent a very broad range of fields of endeavor. “Abraham Lincoln” is followed by “Charles Lindbergh,” “Joe DiMaggio” by “Walt Disney,” “Babe Ruth” by “Sacagawea,” and “Sojourner Truth” by Harriet Tubman.” The publisher seeks to offer a representative sampling of heroes—“individuals, who through their actions, have provided inspiration in all walks of society.” A short quotation heads each entry (Katharine Hepburn: “If you obey all the rules, you miss all of the fun.”) A capsule description in italics and a brief listing of biographical data follow. The body of each article consists of sections titled “Early Life,” “Life’s Work,” and “Significance.” An annotated “Further Reading” section concludes each entry. The layout is attractive, and many articles are accompanied by black-and-white illustrations. American Heroes will be useful for high school and middle-school libraries, and will be a worthwhile optional purchase for colleges with limited reference holdings in biography …Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates, two-year technical program students, and general readers.” -Choice