Secret Heroes by Paul Martin

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I really like how that the chapters were relatively short and Martin did a great job of telling the stories.
-Sabers, Spurs and a Pink Stetson


Secret Heroes is a remarkable compendium by Paul Martin, former Executive Editor of National Geographic Traveler, that illuminates the lives of thirty forgotten American heroes. Gathering together remarkable stories about unknown champions, explorers, inventors, and innovators who never made the pages of American history textbooks—not George Washington, but the tailor who saved his life…twice; the first African-American combat pilot; the 62-year-old female muckraking journalist who refused to turn her back on injustice—Secret Heroes is just the sort of fascinating and fun popular history that readers love, not unlike Kenneth C. Davis’s bestselling Don’t Know Much About® series and Rick Beyer’s The Greatest Stories Never Told.

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Paul Martin spent three decades as a book and magazine editor with the National Geographic Society, the last 20 years as executive editor of National Geographic Traveler. His assignments have taken him around the world. Early in his career, he spent a year in Vietnam as a military journalist and was the assistant editor of Outdoors and managing editor of Continuing Education for the Family Physician magazines. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Martin lives in Northern Virginia. When not writing, he builds acoustic guitars.
Published April 10, 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 353 pages
Genres: History, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Review on Jan 24 2012

Martin—who has written for younger readers, an audience for whom this book will also be appropriate—taps a seemingly inexhaustible source of material; surely there are more hidden tales of independent, feisty Americans out there somewhere.

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Reviewed by Ashley on Apr 09 2012

I really like how that the chapters were relatively short and Martin did a great job of telling the stories.

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