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Before They Changed the World: Pivotal Moments that Shaped the Lives of Great Leaders Before They Became Famous [Paperback]

Edwin Kiester Jr

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Book Description

July 1 2009

Before They Changed the World includes more than 90 archival images gathered from around the world. What drives a fifteenth-century French teenager to wage war against the English army? Why does a novice U.S. president take on the institution of slavery? And how does a Swiss Patent Office worker discover that e=mc2? Joan of Arc, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, and other extraordinary leaders and revolutionaries are generally revered for what they did while at the top of their game. In Before They Changed the World, historian and prolific author Edwin Kiester Jr. explores the lives of 22 of history’s most authoritative figures and reveals key, and often unknown, events that affected their core beliefs, changed their lives, shaped their paths to greatness, and changed the world. Includes timelines highlighting key points in the lives of each figure.  


“This is a really fascinating book. It covers history from Hannibal's invasion of Italy to the fall of the Soviet Union. There are generals, saints, politicians, and scientists, all of them immensely interesting.”

–William Weir, author of History’s Greatest Lies


Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press (July 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592333656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592333653
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 19.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #378,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Edwin Kiester Jr. has written more than 2,000 magazine articles and twelve books on subjects ranging from science to history. His most recent books are An Incomplete History of World War I and An Incomplete History of World War II. He is a staff writer for Smithsonian magazine.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Key to the collection is the identification of incidents in personal or public life that inspired them Nov. 16 2009
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Before They Changed the World: Pivotal Moments That Shaped the Lives of Great Leaders Before They Became Famous considers over twenty leaders whose deeds changed the world, and the events that shaped them. Key to the collection is the identification of incidents in personal or public life that inspired them to perform memorable feats that led to their fame and world contributions. Vintage black and white and color illustrations throughout make for an outstanding collection perfect for any general lending library.

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