Monday, February 22, 2010

Lesser-Known Giants of the 20th Century Book Review

I enjoy reading books about real people.  Lesser-Known Giants of the 20th Century was written by Charles Aulino.  As the title suggests, the stories included in this work are about real people who's stories are often not included in history books.  These are people who's lives have left an indelible mark on the history of our nation.

According to Aulino, "With few exceptions, it seems that fame is ephemeral.  What a pity that wonderful stories fade from collective memory so that the life lessons and inspiration they offer are lost to future generations."  How true this is.  This book is a collection of real life stories full of strength of character.  As many of the people in this book discovered, doing what they believed in often meant not taking the easy road in life. Moe Berg, Joe Louis, and Margaret Chase Smith are just some of the individuals whose lives and contributions are captured between the pages of this book.  Even though I am not a huge fan of boxing, I  especially enjoyed reading about how Max Schmeling protected the two teenage sons of a friend from the Nazis during WWII and the compassion he showed Joe Louis's widow after her husband's death.
I highly recommend this book for history classrooms or as a supplement for those homeschooling their children.  The lessons that these people can teach us are invaluable and meant to be shared with our children.  Lesser-Known Giants of the 20th Century has also been "highly recommended" by the National History Club.

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