American Heroes

Profiles of Men and Women Who Shaped Early America

Edmund S. Morgan (Author)


"A wise, humane and beautifully written book." —Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal

From the best-selling author of Benjamin Franklin comes this remarkable work that will help redefine our notion of American heroism. Americans have long been obsessed with their heroes, but the men and women dramatically portrayed here are not celebrated for the typical banal reasons contained in Founding Fathers hagiography. Effortlessly challenging those who persist in revering the American history status quo and its tropes and falsehoods, Morgan, now ninety-three, continues to believe that the past is just not the way it seems.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • May 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-30454-1
  • 5.5 × 8.2 in / 304 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Further evidence of the depth and breadth of [Morgan's] research, the nimbleness of his mind, and his willingness to dissent from received wisdom.” — Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

“There is something here for everyone with even a passing interest in a past that remains, somehow, present.” — David Waldstreicher, Philadelphia Inquirer

“Morgan shines whatever the century or topic.” — Kirk Davis Swinehart, Chicago Tribune

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