An "engaging and provocative" exploration of American history's heroic figures—from how we define a hero to the monuments we build to honor them (Arthur Schlesinger Jr.). Heroic ideals are fundamental to the enterprise of American liberty and to the fabric of our nation's culture. Throughout history, men and women such as George Washington, Thomas Edison, Martin Luther King Jr., and Lucretia Mott have brought together our society of dreamers and achievers. In A Call to Heroism, Harvard research associate Peter H. Gibbon surveys the lives, struggles, and accomplishments of these and other great individuals. It also considers the meaning of seven monuments and artworks dedicated to heroes, examining what these memorials say about the America of their time—and what they mean for us today. The result forges an enlightening understanding of what it means to be a hero. With a foreword by Peter J. Gomes "Fascinating and inspiring . . . Gibbon's book emphasizes the importance of guiding young people to more realistic definitions of hero." —The Christian Science Monitor "A concise history of the hero in America and a realistic formula for determining who deserves the accolade." —The Tampa Tribune "This book is a delightful Grand Tour, taking us from war to sports to great literature. You will enjoy it." —Jay Mathews, The Washington Post "Lively fare for classrooms and board rooms throughout the country." —Arthur Schlesinger Jr.
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