Home Front Heroes [3 volumes]: A Biographical Dictionary of Americans during Wartime (Hardback)Benjamin F. Shearer (author)
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Brings together 1,000 focused biographies of Americans who affected how the United States made, supported, perceived, and protested its major wars from the Revolution to Gulf War II. Inventors and scientists, nurses and physicians, reformers and clerics, civil rights and labor leaders, financiers and economist, artists and musicians have all been soldiers on the home front.
Home Front Heroes brings together brief and focused biographies of 1,000 Americans who affected how the United States made, supported, perceived and protested its major war efforts from the Revolution to Gulf War II. Battlefield victories and defeats are in a very real sense the reflection of the society waging war. Inventors and scientists, social reformers and clerics, civil rights and labor leaders, nurses and physicians, actors and directors, financiers and industrialists, economists and psychologists, artists and musicians, writers and journalists, have all been soldiers on the home front.
The biographical entries highlighting the subjects' wartime contributions are arranged alphabetically. Many of the entries also include suggestions for further reading. Thematic indexes make it easy to look up people alphabetically by last name and by war, and other indices list entries under broad categories - Arts and Culture; Business, Industry, and Labor; Nursing and Medicine; Science, Engineering and Inventions - with more detailed occupational background. Entries include: Julia Ward Howe, composer of The Battle Hymn of the Republic; Robert Fulton, inventor of the steam engine and architect of the submarine Nautilus; Martin Brander, maker of Eliot's Saddle Ring Carbine; Robert Parker Parrott, inventor of the Parrott cannon; Novelist and War Correspondent Stephen Crane; Founder of the Army Nurse Corps Dr. Anita Newcomb McGee; Composer John Philip Sousa (Stars and Stripes Forever); Louis M. Terman, who invented the IQ test; Reginald Fessenden, developer of a sonic depth finder; machine-gun inventor Benjamin Hotchkiss; Labor leader John L. Lewis; Comedian and USO stalwart Bob Hope; Dr. Ancel Keys developer of the K-ration; napalm inventor Louis F. Fieser; and many more. The work is fully indexed, and contains an extensive bibliography.
Number of pages: 1088
Weight: 2853 g
Dimensions: 263 x 186 x 80 mm
"Here is a unique A-Z biographical dictionary that profiles 1,001 individuals whose actions affected how the United States made, supported, perceived, and protested its major war efforts from the Revolution to Gulf War II....Browsing these volumes is worthwhile for anyone wanting a sense of how Americans have responded to war, and many of the entries make interesting reading. For instance, Laurens Hammond (of Hammond Organ fame) supplied alarm clocks and coffins during World War II, and Hammond helped develop gyroscopes and light-sensing instruments, altitude-sensing devices, bank and turn indicators, and a mechanically controlled shutter for aerial cameras. Antiwar efforts receive attention, too, and it is useful to read about that side of war-related activity throughout U.S. history. As the editor states in the preface, Heroes to some may not be heroes to others, but all the subjects of this work made their choices and acted on them. Recommended for high-school, public, and college libraries." - Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin