How ordinary men in American history lived extraordinary lives of service to their country!
This book contains the fundamental history, early influences, life changing events, and lasting impact of historical figures such as Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and others!
The United States of America is built upon the foundation that great men created. Without them, the nation, had it even survived its political infancy, would not be the dynamic, thriving power it is today. These American men who changed the course of history are remarkable not merely for their accomplishments, but because they were born in ordinary circumstances and rose to prominence thanks to their resourcefulness, personalities, and convictions. The world knows who they are by name and by reputation, yet at their births, it's doubtful that even doting parents expected them to rise to the levels of prominence which they achieved.
Had they been born in modern times, they would have been served by an entourage of press agents and publicists to promote their achievements. But only Ronald Reagan, who served as president of the United States from 1980-1988, lived in a time when self-promotion was expected, and the strength of his appeal resided in his ability to conjure an idyllic image from American mythology, when small-town values and virtues would triumph over sophisticated city cynicism. Benjamin Franklin charmed the notoriously selective French with his shrewd rendition of what they assumed was a typical American, combined with his genuine fondness for the ladies. Alexander Hamilton wheeled and dealed for that most middle class of virtues: the necessity to pay bills in order to demonstrate financial credibility. The Roosevelt cousins, Theodore and Franklin, were raised in privilege but made the common man a cornerstone of their presidencies.
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