Title: 100 People Who Changed America100-People
Author: Various
Pages: 64
Reading Level: 9 & up
Star Rating: ★★★

Every single American affects the moral face / direction of our nation. But some of them stand out – or above – their fellow citizens. Special contributions to art or science; pronounced aggression in politics or education; talent in sports or inventions all cause some people to change America more than others. But who have those people been?

100 People Who Changed America provides a list of the people its authors feel have most changed America along with short biographies of those people. While I agreed with most of their selections, I did not always agree with the light in which the selections were portrayed (i.e. Susan B. Anthony, Oprah Winfrey, and Franklin D. Roosevelt have all changed America, but not necessarily in positive ways).

Anyway, did you know…

  • That ‘Decibel’ (dB) (the measure of sound) is named for Alexander Graham Bell?
  • That Nolan Bushnell, the man who popularized video arcades, also started the Chuck E. Cheese chain?
  • That after Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, the yield of raw cotton doubled each decade?
  • That Jimmy Carter was the first U. S. president born in a hospital?
  • That Ronald Reagan was a lifeguard for seven years and is said to have saved more than 77 people from drowning?
  • That by the time Ella Fitzgerald died she was able to imitate any instrument in the orchestra with her voice?

Conclusion. Although not from a Christian perspective, 100 People provides an interesting ‘fly-by’ look at the progressive nature of the last two centuries.

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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