We’re all fascinated by the lives and deeds of famous Americans, but minor historical figures can be even more intriguing. Secret Heroes tells the stories of thirty remarkable Americans—heroes all in different ways, although their names are largely unfamiliar. They come from every period of history and all walks of life, but every one of them had an impact on their world that still resonates today. The fact that these subjects dwell in the shadows gives them a special appeal. They’re like character actors, but without them, the movie wouldn’t be the same. Reading about these forgotten figures is a chance to learn about history in a way that’s different from the approach of textbooks, which focus on the monumental exploits of presidents, generals, and founding fathers. Secret Heroes provides a unique lens on America by looking at important episodes through the lives of everyday people, which adds poignancy and immediacy to the sweep of events. Meet the Heroes. (William Morrow, 2012)

“Martin introduces us to a colorful cast of saints, visionaries and occasional rogues, and he does so with style and zest. Makes history joyous.” —Thomas C. Foster, bestselling author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor

“Look who Paul Martin found hiding in the cracks and crevices of American history—a colorful cast of forgotten characters definitely worth getting to know!” —Rick Beyer, bestselling author of The Greatest Stories Never Told

“This book will make history exciting for a new generation of readers.” —Nick Cullather, Professor of History, Indiana University

“Inspirational yarns of exceptional folks.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Meticulously researched.” —Publishers Weekly