Invisible Giants: Fifty Americans Who Shaped the Nation but Missed the History Books

Paperback | September 15, 2003

EditorMark C. Carnes

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Because history is as fallible as the people who record it, many of the figures who have shaped our country have receded from public memory. In order to celebrate and call attention to these lives, Oxford University Press asked fifty accomplished personalities from a diverse range of intereststo each select a person from the 24-volume American National Biography that they felt deserved more attention. In Invisible Giants, the biographies of these forgotten figures appear alongside the often-personal comments of their selectors. We discover the man who inspired Sherwin Nuland to become a doctor, the writer Jacques Barzun considers America's first cultural critic, and the woman who taught TinaBrown to bare her teeth. We learn of the poetry recited to Henry Louis Gates, Jr., as a boy, the magazine Helen Gurley Brown required every one of her editors to subscribe to, and the book Andy Rooney deems "better than the Bible and easier to understand."Edited by Mark C. Carnes and published with the American Council of Learned Societies, Invisible Giants presents the architects of our country's past through the eyes of the architects of its future.

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Because history is as fallible as the people who record it, many of the figures who have shaped our country have receded from public memory. In order to celebrate and call attention to these lives, Oxford University Press asked fifty accomplished personalities from a diverse range of intereststo each select a person from the 24-volume ...

Mark C. Carnes is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of History at Barnard College. In addition to his scholarly works and serving as General Editor of the American National Biography, he is the editor of numerous innovative books bringing together diverse groups of people to discuss history, including Past Imperfect: History According to the...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 15, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195168836

ISBN - 13:9780195168839

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"Fascinating reading.... Profile[s] the likes of blues singer Blind Lemon Jefferson; James Agee, author of A Death in the Family and Let Us Now Praise Famous Men; Leon Czolgosz, who assassinated President William McKinley; Emma Goldman, anarchist and feminine activist; one-time heavyweightchamp Rocky Marciano; and Frank Winfield Woolworth, founder of the five-and-dime empire."--The Dallas Morning News