By Paul Martin
Secret Heroes is a outstanding compendium through Paul Martin, former govt Editor of National Geographic Traveler, that illuminates the lives of thirty forgotten American heroes. collecting jointly impressive tales approximately unknown champions, explorers, inventors, and innovators who by no means made the pages of yank background textbooks—not George Washington, however the tailor who stored his life…twice; the 1st African-American strive against pilot; the 62-year-old lady muckraking journalist who refused to show her again on injustice—Secret Heroes is simply this kind of attention-grabbing and enjoyable well known heritage that readers love, no longer not like Kenneth C. Davis’s bestselling Don’t be aware of a lot approximately® sequence and Rick Beyer’s The maximum tales by no means Told.
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Secret Heroes: Everyday Americans Who Shaped Our World by Paul Martin