New in new dust jacket. 277 p. 24 cm. Index. Audience: General/trade. The private lives of more than forty fascinating Americans are ecamined, who have affected the course of our history. Abraham Lincoln; Alger Hiss; Roy Cohn; Robert E. Lee; Clara Barton; Josephine Baker; Ernest Hemingway; Shirley Temple; Frederick Douglas; Fiorello LaGuardia, Thomas E. Dewey; the Barrymores; Jack Dempsey; Paul Robeson; Charlie Parker; John Wilkes Booth; Henry Morton Stanley; Lillian hellman; Mark Twain; Samuel Clemens; H.L. Mencken; Dorothy Thompson; Thomas Hart Benton; Margaret Bourke-White; Edward R. Murrow; U.S. Grant; John L. Sullivan; George A. Custer; George C. Marshall; Harry Truman; Theofore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt.
Publishers Weekly, 1991-07-12 Prominent American men and women, whose accomplishments range from politics to poetry, are scrutinized in this intriguing, unorthodox collection of essays by award-winning historian Ward ( Before the Trumpet: Young Franklin Roosevelt ). He delights in pointing out little-known attributes and foibles of these folk, and the good or bad influences they have exerted on our lives. Lillian Hellman is placed in his ``Bad Men and Liars'' category, along with Roy Cohn, Alger Hiss and presidential assassins Booth and Oswald. Confederate General Lee's status as a national hero, Ward asserts, is due largely to his peacemaking role, which brought his soldiers back into the Union. FDR, descended from a China opium trader, is described here as a passionate ornithologist whose pack-rat habits led to the establishment of his presidential library at Hyde Park, N.Y. (Sept.)
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