A Theory of Great Men by Daniel Greenstone

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A Theory of Great Men is the humorous, fast-paced story of an irreverent, flawed man who has a talent for accumulating both proteges and enemies.  George Cavaliere, a veteran high school history teacher, has many attributes of a brilliant educator. He's a vibrant classroom performance artist, his colleagues respect his knowledge of history, and he's popular with many students.  Cavaliere is at his best when he's debunking the so-called "Great Man" theory of history, which maintains that the actions of major historical figures dominate the course of human events.Not so, Cavaliere insists.  People's lives are shaped by sweeping forces beyond their control, and often their understanding.  And yet his own life seems to show the opposite.  Cavaliere's impatience with political correctness and his restless philandering lead to the unraveling of his career and his marriage.  A part-time job coaching an underdog basketball team helps Cavaliere confront his own shortcomings and begin to see that, although he is anything but a great man, he is, nevertheless, the master of his own fate.

About Daniel Greenstone

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Daniel Greenstone is an award-winning high school English teacher in suburban Chicago. He has pursued diverse interests such as basketball, short story writing, and children’s literature. He is an expert on theCurious Georgeseries by H.A. Rey. He lives in Oak Park, IL with his wife and family. This is his first book.
Published March 7, 2012 by Academy Chicago Publishers. 245 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Goldstein smooths over some of Cavaliere's rougher edges, but Cavaliere's repeated errors, self-indulgence, and disdain for political correctness has a cumulative effect on his career and personal life (sometimes amusingly so, as when the cafeteria lady laces his pastry with laxatives), lending w...

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